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On my debian testing system, I get these messages in my /var/log/boot file:

Starting rpcbind daemon...rpcbind:
Cannot open '/var/run/rpcbind/rpcbind.xdr' file for reading, errno 2 (No such file or directory)  
rpcbind: Cannot open '/var/run/rpcbind/portmap.xdr' file for reading, errno 2 (No such file or directory)

Thus it is coming up - but with this annoying message. I do not know how to remove this.

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my ubuntu system periodically pauses at this error, very annoying. – user17093 Mar 27 '12 at 15:19

See rpcbind Debian bug report: reduce startup blather.

If you are not using rpcbind (and you probably aren't), I suggest you remove it.

apt-get purge rpcbind

Here is the description of rpcbind from apt-cache show rpcbind.

Description: converts RPC program numbers into universal addresses The rpcbind utility is a server that converts RPC program numbers into universal addresses.

Homepage: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rpcbind/

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Removing it sounds good - but as there are dependencies to nfs-common, this will not work... Other ideas? – Bastian Ebeling May 23 '11 at 5:57
Do you have another idea? I'm using nfs-common and thus a need this package... – Bastian Ebeling May 30 '11 at 12:40
@Bastian: I think this message/warning is harmless. See the bug report I referenced. Is this warning causing you any problems? You can send a comment to the bug report if you wish, though only those who are subscribed (the maintainer at a minimum) will see it. You can do this by emailing 620800@bugs.debian.org. If you want to be proactive, you could submit a patch to turn off this behavior. First check whether the maintainer will accept it, though. – Faheem Mitha May 30 '11 at 13:59
Thank you, this is a fine idea. – Bastian Ebeling Jun 1 '11 at 5:19
@Bastian, agree on the NFS dependencies, you can't just get rid of rpcbind if you intend to use NFS mounted systems.I get the same problem and don't know how to get rid of it. Reinstalled rpcbind, will let you know if any luck. (debian sid/3.0.0-1-amd64) – user10388 Aug 31 '11 at 16:16

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