Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is a case of not reading before doing.

I wanted to start clean with Lion Server, so I did what I normally do, drag the app to the trashcan and re-install it. (not realizing that server was a bit more involved than most other applications) I'm now unable to connect to the server via

After I select the server and enter my username and password the connecting spinner spins forever. dtruss on both and servermgrd really didn't tell me much. I can connect to :311 with a web browser, so it appears that servermgrd is working to some extent.

Things I've noticed: /etc/apache2.before-restore.... directories /etc/certificates.before-restore... directories

/var/servermgrd/*.lock (with old dates)

Anyone have a clue on how to:

  1. get connected to Lion Server again
  2. failing that, a way to completely remove lion server so I can re-install
  3. Another place to look/check etc. so I can continue debugging, I'm a bit stuck at the moment.

Clarification: I've installed the Lion-Server package on my desktop. This isn't headless server hardware.

share|improve this question
Have you tried SSH? – Kyle May 4 '12 at 19:04
ssh works fine. is the lion-server management interface. Totally unrelated to remote login etc. – skarface May 4 '12 at 19:33

If you do have remote login you should be able to force a reinstall of from the app store. Give something like this a try:

Then reinstall it.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the link. I'll give this a shot when I get some time this weekend. Will update on result. – skarface May 4 '12 at 21:25
Ran through that, no difference. (tried turning on some services by hand, starting opendirectory via launchctl forced a restore from time machine) I think I'm going to need a full re-install – skarface May 5 '12 at 12:26

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.