How to disable scan for NetBoot Images?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by sailmac, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. sailmac macrumors 6502

    sailmac

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    Jan 15, 2008
    #1
    Running a Mac Pro early 2008. Yesterday installed Mountain Lion 10.8.2 (previously Lion 10.7.5). Everything generally good except for unexpected repeated messages in console referring to NetBoot

    Code:
    1/24/13 11:39:20.768 AM System Preferences[1657]: starting scanNetBootImages
    This message repeats every 3 minutes.

    This machine has always booted from local drive, never had anything to do with NetBoot.

    Looking at Console from when the OS was installed I see this, which I believe was triggered when I opened System Preferences > Startup Disk for the first time (after installing a new OS I open each preference pane to see what has changed. I didn't click on or change anything in Startup Disk, simply moved on to the next pref pane.)


    Code:
    1/23/13 2:00:17.936 AM System Preferences[1657]: /usr/sbin/nvram boot-args (exit status 1)
    1/23/13 2:00:18.030 AM System Preferences[1657]: /usr/sbin/nvram boot-args (exit status 1)
    1/23/13 2:00:18.032 AM System Preferences[1657]: willDeauthenticate: (null)
    1/23/13 2:00:18.257 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
    1/23/13 2:00:18.259 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No /System/Library/CoreServices/mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:18.259 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found //mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:18.261 AM System Preferences[1657]: 	 OSXCheck: disk appears to be a valid OS X disk Volume Name: MacProSSD1. Kind: DADiskRef disk5s2. 
     ContextualData: {
        ProductBuildVersion = 12C60;
        ProductCopyright = "1983-2012 Apple Inc.";
        ProductName = "OS X";
        ProductVersion = "10.8.2";
        SystemFolderPath = "/System/Library/CoreServices";
        SystemVersionMajor = 10;
    }
    1/23/13 2:00:18.264 AM System Preferences[1657]: currentBootDevice: being checked by DiskManagement
    1/23/13 2:00:18.330 AM System Preferences[1657]: 	currentBootDevice: DONE checking by DM copyDiskForBootPreference, err = 0
    1/23/13 2:00:18.332 AM System Preferences[1657]: currentBootDevice found _curBootDevice: Volume Name: MacProSSD1. Kind: DADiskRef disk5s2. 
    1/23/13 2:00:18.398 AM System Preferences[1657]: currentBootDevice: Volume Name: MacProSSD1. Kind: DADiskRef disk5s2. 
    1/23/13 2:00:18.447 AM System Preferences[1657]: Netboot rescan time interval set to 180 seconds
    1/23/13 2:00:18.474 AM System Preferences[1657]: *** WARNING: -[NSImage dissolveToPoint:fraction:] is deprecated in MacOSX 10.8 and later. Please use -[NSImage drawAtPoint:fromRect:operation:fraction:] instead.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.474 AM System Preferences[1657]: *** WARNING: -[NSImage dissolveToPoint:fromRect:fraction:] is deprecated in MacOSX 10.8 and later. Please use -[NSImage drawAtPoint:fromRect:operation:fraction:] instead.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.487 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc20b31040  disk0s3
    1/23/13 2:00:18.489 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 No mount point (Apple_Boot)
    1/23/13 2:00:18.490 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc20b13cc0  disk1s3
    1/23/13 2:00:18.491 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 No mount point (Apple_Boot)
    1/23/13 2:00:18.491 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc20b75610  disk2s2
    1/23/13 2:00:18.493 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 mountable disk appeared: /Volumes/MacPro4
    1/23/13 2:00:18.494 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 -> So far so good, passing disk to System Searcher.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.511 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No boot.efi in System Folder or volume root.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.595 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro4
    1/23/13 2:00:18.595 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro4
    1/23/13 2:00:18.596 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc146e18d0  disk3s2
    1/23/13 2:00:18.598 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 mountable disk appeared: /Volumes/MacPro3a
    1/23/13 2:00:18.598 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 -> So far so good, passing disk to System Searcher.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.600 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found /Volumes/MacPro3a/System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
    1/23/13 2:00:23.380 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No /Volumes/MacPro3a/System/Library/CoreServices/mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:23.380 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found /Volumes/MacPro3a/mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:23.404 AM System Preferences[1657]: 	 OSXCheck: disk appears to be a valid OS X disk Volume Name: MacPro3a. Kind: DADiskRef disk3s2. 
     ContextualData: {
        ProductBuildVersion = 11G63;
        ProductCopyright = "1983-2012 Apple Inc.";
        ProductName = "OS X";
        ProductVersion = "10.7.5";
        SystemFolderPath = "/Volumes/MacPro3a/System/Library/CoreServices";
        SystemVersionMajor = 10;
        kSDSelectDiskOnAddIfValid = 0;
    }
    1/23/13 2:00:23.405 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc146f6b50  disk3s3
    1/23/13 2:00:23.407 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 mountable disk appeared: /Volumes/MacPro3b
    1/23/13 2:00:23.408 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 -> So far so good, passing disk to System Searcher.
    1/23/13 2:00:23.427 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No boot.efi in System Folder or volume root.
    1/23/13 2:00:23.428 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro3b
    1/23/13 2:00:23.428 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro3b
    1/23/13 2:00:23.429 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc1467ef60  disk4
    1/23/13 2:00:23.430 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 mountable disk appeared: /Volumes/MacPro12R0
    1/23/13 2:00:23.431 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 -> So far so good, passing disk to System Searcher.
    1/23/13 2:00:23.440 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No boot.efi in System Folder or volume root.
    1/23/13 2:00:23.441 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro12R0
    1/23/13 2:00:23.441 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 WinCheck: Not a valid windows filesystem: /Volumes/MacPro12R0
    1/23/13 2:00:23.442 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc1f5a8c00  disk5s2
    1/23/13 2:00:23.444 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 mountable disk appeared: /
    1/23/13 2:00:23.444 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 -> So far so good, passing disk to System Searcher.
    1/23/13 2:00:23.446 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found /System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
    1/23/13 2:00:23.446 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: No /System/Library/CoreServices/mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:23.446 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 OSXCheck: Found //mach_kernel
    1/23/13 2:00:23.447 AM System Preferences[1657]: 	 OSXCheck: disk appears to be a valid OS X disk Volume Name: MacProSSD1. Kind: DADiskRef disk5s2. 
     ContextualData: {
        ProductBuildVersion = 12C60;
        ProductCopyright = "1983-2012 Apple Inc.";
        ProductName = "OS X";
        ProductVersion = "10.8.2";
        SystemFolderPath = "/System/Library/CoreServices";
        SystemVersionMajor = 10;
        kSDSelectDiskOnAddIfValid = 0;
    }
    1/23/13 2:00:23.449 AM System Preferences[1657]: 
    
    		 -[SDController(VolumeEvents) _volumeAppeared:]: DADiskRef 0x7fdc20b473d0  disk5s3
    1/23/13 2:00:23.450 AM System Preferences[1657]: 		 No mount point (Apple_Boot)
    1/23/13 2:00:36.249 AM System Preferences[1657]: Saving cache: (
        "/Volumes/MacPro3a/System/Library/CoreServices",
        "/System/Library/CoreServices"
    )
    1/23/13 2:03:18.451 AM System Preferences[1657]: starting scanNetBootImages
    That last message has been repeating every three minutes ever since. From the output above, notice at ~ line 13 it said

    Code:
    1/23/13 2:00:18.447 AM System Preferences[1657]: Netboot rescan time interval set to 180 seconds
    1/23/13 2:00:18.474 AM System Preferences[1657]: *** WARNING: -[NSImage dissolveToPoint:fraction:] is deprecated in MacOSX 10.8 and later. Please use -[NSImage drawAtPoint:fromRect:operation:fraction:] instead.
    1/23/13 2:00:18.474 AM System Preferences[1657]: *** WARNING: -[NSImage dissolveToPoint:fromRect:fraction:] is deprecated in MacOSX 10.8 and later. Please use -[NSImage drawAtPoint:fromRect:operation:fraction:] instead.
    I don't know why the system is searching for a NetBoot image nor understand what the warnings are trying to tell me. It's never used a NetBoot image and I have never sought one. Is this possibly related to new iCloud functionality?

    I've hunted for details that would help me disable this scan for NetBoot. Found plenty of info on setting up NetBoot (now known as NetInstaller) on Mountain Lion Server, and a little bit about how clients boot over the net (pretty simple -- see a boot image, select it in Startup Disk prefs or after holding Option key at power-on), but no commands or prefs that enable/disable scans in the first place.

    Interestingly, now whenever I open the Startup Disk pref pane, I get pretty much identical info as shown above, but that line about "Netboot rescan time interval set to 180 seconds" and the two warnings are not produced.

    But of course the messages keep coming...

    Suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. sailmac thread starter macrumors 6502

    sailmac

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    #2
    Meh

    FWIW, logging out of the user account and logging into an admin account caused the period scanning to halt.

    Logging out of the admin account and back into the user account did NOT cause the scans to instantly resume.

    But the moment I opened the Startup Disk pref pane (not clicking anything in it) the message

    Code:
    1/24/13 1:24:53.389 PM System Preferences[11337]: Netboot rescan time interval set to 180 seconds
    appeared in Console and the familiar messages followed.

    Of some interest (to me, maybe nobody else!) is that when I opened Startup Disk prefs, none of the other messages appeared in Console. The message above is the only message associated with the event.

    Knowing that the messages will stop next time I switch accounts, and who knows maybe permanently the next time I boot, I'm not going to dig into it further.

    Just another one of those, "Huh, what's up with that?" moments that fades away...
     

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