There was a problem connecting to the server

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  1. steve23094 macrumors 68020

    steve23094

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    I have an app called iTrash which is an app deleter. You drag and drop an application onto it and it searches your drive for any further files related to the original app.

    It's started causing me problems. Every time I drop an app on it I'm getting 'There was a problem connecting to the server "iMac.local". This file server is available on your computer. Access the volumes and files locally.' dialog box. iMac is my computer's network name. I click on OK, a second identical box pops up, click OK a second time and it goes away until I try to delete another app.

    I can't for the life of my figure out how to fix this. I have tried deleting and re-installing the iTrash app (including plists). I have contacted the developer, and whilst they responded quickly at this point they don't know how to solve the problem. I have searched my Keychain for anything referring to iMac.local and deleted it.

    The thing is I'm not convinced it's entirely iTrash's fault. Why does my Mac think my local drive is a network drive? Is there somewhere I can reset my Mac's 'memory' of these drives? I have made sure there aren't any specific drive logins in my Login Items. I have cleared the history from Finder / Connect to Server.

    I sometimes use Screen Sharing, accessing my iMac from my MacBook whilst on the same local network.

    Running macOS Sierra 10.12.3.
     
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    Why do you use a 3rd party app for a process that is integrated into macOS in the first place? If an app has a dedicated installer use that to deinstall it. If not drag it to trash to do the same.
     
  3. steve23094, Feb 1, 2017
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    steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Because it's very effective finding at finding all sorts of dependencies, something using the standard Trash doesn't do.

    The dialog box suggests to me that there might be something mixed up in MacOS itself. That and the fact with a full delete of the iTrash app and re-install the error is still present.

    Something I forgot to mention. I have also watched Console looking for any error messages. I couldn't see anything obvious, but there is a lot of info there and I'm not sure what I should be looking for.

    EDIT: Something I have noticed which might be related. My iMac no longer shows up on my network as a device to connect to via Screen Sharing.
     
  4. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    I give that to you but I personally wouldn't use any 3rd party software unless there is an issue e.g. the OS slowing down or such. I'd call it using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. No offense, to each his own.
     
  5. steve23094, Feb 1, 2017
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    steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I notice that My MacBook is not showing up in my iMac Finder as a possible share, which it used to do. Nor does my iMac show in my MacBook. It's like my network or share settings have totally gone bonkers. Does anybody know what plists I might be able to delete that will be related to this?
     
  6. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Just posting back to document my progress to help others in future.

    I fixed my share problem with a reboot of my router. I'm guessing some sort of screw up on my router must have prevented Bonjour broadcasts on my network.

    The iTrash problem is still present. At this point I'm pretty much out of ideas so I'm hoping the developer comes through.
     
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  8. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think I see where you are coming from. I have tried a few random ones, without any apparent link between them. It's such a bizarre problem and is very frustrating.

    I have chased the developer and they are waiting to hear back from an Apple Dev (whoever that is, is that someone direct from Apple?).
     
  9. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Fixed it. Woohoo! I spent so long on this problem, glad to finally put it to bed. It turns out it appeared to be a weird interaction with the iTrash app and iCloud drive. I have seen iCloud drive do bizarre things before so I shouldn't be surprised (https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...-hdd-with-locked-files.1979281/#post-23805970).

    I stumbled across this post and followed each step one by one, number three fixed it for me. https://origin-discussions-us.apple.com/thread/7508266?start=0&tstart=0

    It turns out I had a dodgy Alias sitting in my iCloud trash... or something. Deleting it fixed the problem, no more pop-up.

    Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 16.03.59.png
     
  10. tuckerdogavl macrumors newbie

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    Was so hoping this might be an answer to my issue with USERS and being able to sign in to iCloud with two out of three of them. But, alas, clicking on your link gave me this:
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  11. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah. For whatever reason it's offline, temporarily or permanently I have no idea. Luckily I had already thought of that possibility and saved a copy in the Internet Archive.
     

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