Since upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I can't connect to the rpcbind daemon anymore. launchctl tells me that rpcbind is loaded but not running:

$ sudo launchctl list | grep rpcbind
-   0   com.apple.rpcbind

But if I try to connect to it, e.g. using rpcinfo, the connection is refused:

ims ~$ rpcinfo -p
Can't contact rpcbind on localhost
rpcinfo: RPC: Remote system error - Connection refused

How do I get rpcbind to start automatically when I try to connect to it?

Another user facing the same issue reported the following in the error log:

rpcbind[970]: Could not join RPC bind multicast address: Operation timed out

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I am on Mavericks and the following starts rpcbind for me:

sudo launchctl start com.apple.rpcbind

Subsequently, the following will show that it did start:

 sudo launchctl list | grep rpcbind
  • However, I have the problem on 10.9 that the service seems to stop as soon as I execute rpcinfo -p
    – user637338
    Jan 7, 2015 at 13:19
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    Sorry for the 2 year delay. For me, a sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.rpcbind.plist was necessary before the launchctl start. Thanks! Feb 9, 2016 at 15:19
  • @Feuermurmel /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.rpcbind.plist: service already loaded but I still get - 0 com.apple.rpcbind ...
    – HappyFace
    Feb 28, 2021 at 19:19

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