Does OSX server effect iTunes "ALT" Startup?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by gpspad, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    I was in the process of moving my iTunes library from one mac to a mini running server and headless. I was moving the iTunes library to a GDRIVE connected via thunderbolt. I followed all the steps posted online and went to start iTunes with the ""ALT/OPTION" key held down to point it to the new library nothing happened.

    I went through all the scenarios to try and fix it. Since I was on screen sharing I tried it on my MacBook, and the holding down the "ALT/OPTION" key worked fine. it wasn't screen sharing or my keyboard that was preventing iTunes from coming up with a switch library dialog.

    Then I changed the user from a limited user to administrator that didn't help. Then I tried using a different account and that made no difference on the mini running server.

    I think it may be a corrupt version of iTunes on my server, but want to try other things before I do something drastic like erase the whole mac mini and start over if its an OSX server bug. its been a long night with everything on the internet saying start iTunes while holding down "ALT/OPTION" and it doing nothing.

    Can someone running server and Sierra try pressing "ALT/OPTION" when starting up iTunes to see if the change library comes up?
  2. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    I figured this out. Connected a keyboard to the headless mac mini running server. Then shared the screen like I was, but had someone hold down the alt/option key connected to server machine while I clicked it over the shared screen and it worked.

    For some reason OSX or a combination of OSX and screen sharing is blocking the alt/option key to go through with my apple wireless keyboard.

    The alt/option trick works with screen sharing and the wireless keyboard on my other macs. But not with the headless one running OSX.

  3. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I'm having the same problem! Holding alt/option while starting iTunes does not bring up the window to choose/create a library! Also true for Photos, even from a newly-created account.

    Combining our reports, I speculate it has to do with using screen sharing with macOS Sierra. Surely others have seen this?

    I had reformatted my Mac Mini and done a fresh install of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and did not use Migration Assistant. Like yours, my mini is running "headless" and I use screen sharing from my iMac. As an interesting coincidence (?), BEFORE I did the fresh install, I had used OS X Server (under Yosemite) on that Mac Mini. But I can't imagine how that would have an effect after wiping the drives and installing from scratch! I definitely haven't installed Server on Sierra.

    I agree: weird.

    Looks like I'll have to connect a keyboard to the Mini -- thanks for the tip.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 22, 2017 ---
    Still a little weird, but connecting an Apple Magic Keyboard to the headless Mini and using the screen-shared (remote) mouse did the trick. Thank goodness.

    Oddly, the first few times it didn't. The Bluetooth keyboard worked in Terminal, but when I alt-clicked iTunes in the dock the alt-key was ignored for two or three attempts. Then I alt-double-clicked the in Finder and it did work. Then I quit iTunes, and just out of curiosity alt-click the dock iTunes again, and that time it DID register the alt-key. I dunno, maybe some RF interference messing up the bluetooth connection...

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