I have a mac mini running OSX 10.4 running as a file server. It is misbehaving, I don't know what's going on here.
1. I went to my machine and tried to move to copy a file from directory A to directory B. I received an error message that the file name was too long.
2. Strange, It doesn't seem too long?? I then opened up a terminal window.
> cd ~/data/dirA
> cp myFile ~/Desktop
I get an error message "cp unkown parameters"
3. I decide to rename the filename to something shorter. Just to keep a record of the origonal file name, I do the following.
> ls > dir_list.txt
I get an error message "ls unkown parameters"
4. Something strange is going on. I decide to reboot the system. Using the Finder Menu, I select: <Apple> <restart>
The system restarts. it takes forever to get past the white screen with the apple to with the spinning circle.
20 minutes later, it now has a blue screen with a spinning circle. No icons. it appears stuck in a loop.
I have no idea what's going on. Or how to figure out what's going on. I fear of loosing data if I interrupt and do a hard restart.
Experts please advise!