This post is kind of old but I’ll add a reply any way for future users who have are looking for answers.
I think it is a permissions issue. I have issues going on with a leopard install of openfire as well. I think I won’t go thru this again on mac. I had a windows openfire server that ran fine for almost 3 years prior.
You could enable viewing hidden folders temporarily via terminal on the mac. Once this is done you’ll be able to see the openfire folder usr/local/openfire should be the path.
but you’ll notice at this point that you don’t have permissions to the files within the folders. You can try modifiying the permissions but i would process with caution when doing this. I set up another mac with openfire and played with it on there to avoid doing damage to my live server.
but like you stated in the admin console I see nothing when trying to view the logs. It’s pretty frustrating as seeing logs is pretty basic to troubleshooting issues.