Very bizarre situation. I have inherited a few Xservers from a previous admin that I have been charged with cleaning up on various levels. I am familiar with settings in Ubuntu & am very comfortable with the command line—including compiling from source—on top of knowing how to maneuver around the command line in OS X as well. But have come across something utterly baffling on one of the servers which is running 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).
First oddity, I would like to turn the software firewall completely off. Sounds as simple as going into Server Admin and just telling it to stop the firewall right? Nope! So if I turn off the firewall, and I do the following command to double check in the command line:
sysctl -a | grep net.inet.ip.fw.enable
The results are as expected:
But then if I check it again within 5 minutes or so, it becomes magically enabled again:
Ditto with NAT forwarding.
sysctl -a | grep net.inet.ip.forwarding
Disable it in the Server Admin, and this is the result:
A few minutes later:
WTF?!? I checked crontabs & I am the only user on the machine.
I do have the Server Admin app on another machine set to watch this machine, but it’s not running all of the time. And this issue did exist prior to that. I am not 10o% familiar with
sysctl so need some guidance. FWIW, I do have some Ethernet tweaks I have set in
/etc/sysctl.conf very recently, but no other commands or settings connected to the above.
Why would these settings seem to magically change after a few minutes? What can be done to stop that.
Thanks in advance for the help & pointers.
EDIT: Contents of
/etc/hostconfig as per one of the comments below:
AFPSERVER=-NO- AUTHSERVER=-NO- TIMESYNC=-NO- QTSSWEBADMIN=-NO- QTSSRUNSERVER=-NO- MYSQLCOM=-YES- IPFORWARDING=-NO-