How to Enable Open Directory Debugging

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By default the MacOS X Open Directory debugging log file is disabled. You can temporarily reenable it by running the following command in the Terminal app:

sudo killall -USR1 DirectoryService

After you reboot, debugging will be disabled again. If you want to enable Open Directory debugging so that it stays enabled across reboots, run the following command in the Terminal app:

touch /Library/Preferences/DirectoryService/.DSLogAtStart

To disable debugging again just delete that file:

sudo rm /Library/Preferences/DirectoryService/.DSLogAtStart

The debugging log file is located at:

/Library/Logs/DirectoryService/DirectoryService.debug.log

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