I experienced mysterious crashes of the netatalk daemon installed on a freeBSD8 box. The apfd was advertised with mdnsresponder, but at the moment I tried connecting to the shares, the afpd crashed. Nothing showed in the usual logs. I tried several debugging modes, but nothing seemed to give any clue where I had to find the cause of the crashes.
I took another look the /var/log directory, wondering which logfile could provide me with any clue.
Turned out that auth.log was giving information:
Aha! this ringed a bell! I recently installed denyhosts, which uses hosts.allow.
A quick look in hosts.allow gave :
Did the trick, netatalk is working as expected again.