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Syslogd Overwhelming Your Computer?

If your Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) system is unexpectedly sluggish, logging might be the culprit. Run Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities/ folder), and click the CPU column twice to get it to show most to least activity. If syslogd is at the top of the list, there's a fix. Syslogd tracks informational messages produced by software and writes them to the asl.db, a file in your Unix /var/log/ directory. It's a known problem that syslogd can run amok. There's a fix: deleting the asl.db file.

Launch Terminal (from the same Utilities folder), and enter these commands exactly as written, entering your administrative password when prompted:

sudo launchctl stop com.apple.syslogd

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start com.apple.syslogd

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 28-Sep-09

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Scroll Bar missing in MS Word 2008 for Mac -- Really? There's a preference in Word to hide the scrollbars? Huh. (3 messages)


Can't change x-eudora-settings in 6.2.4 Mac -- In trying to determine why Eudora is splitting long messages, readers veer into a discussion of the usefulness of Usenet in today's modern Internet. (6 messages)


FileVault on other than home directories on Mac OS X? FileVault is limited to just the Home directory, but a better option is available: use Disk Utility to create encrypted disk images. (4 messages)


HP printer drivers available thru Apple Software Update -- HP catches up after Apple's early release of Snow Leopard to provide updated printer drivers. (4 messages)


Deleted login keychain -- What's the best way to recover a deleted essential keychain file? (7 messages)


Can't report certain spams using Eudora -- Is it worthwhile to report spammers, or has the volume become so unwieldy that the only solutions are at the server level? (12 messages)


Google Offers Push Gmail and Google Sync to iPhone -- Readers look at whether Gmail set to push messages can work alongside other push-enabled services, like MobileMe, on the iPhone. (4 messages)


Exploring Widespread SuperDrive Problems -- Doug McLean's article about SuperDrive problems leads readers to theorize that today's crop of media drives are fundamentally flawed in some way. (3 messages)


RSS and Mail.app -- What could be causing old messages to appear as unread in Apple Mail's RSS implementation? Bugs in Mail are the top contender. (6 messages)


Help With Sluggish Mac -- One reader's Snow Leopard installation runs too slowly (when compared against a clean install on another drive). A few tips can help speed things up. (7 messages)


Repairing permissions report -- Two suspicious entries appeared while a reader was repairing permissions in Disk Utility. Are they really signs of trouble? Luckily, no. (4 messages)


Help with WDS on Apple Airport Extreme -- A reader looks for assistance trying to extend his AirPort network using the Wireless Distribution System and a Linksys gateway. (2 messages)


Scheduling Downloads on Slow Internet Connection -- Satellite Internet systems often limit downloads except during a window in the middle of the night, making installing system updates inconvenient. What's the best way to schedule updates for a specific time? (4 messages)


Using separate web browsers on the same machine -- Running multiple user accounts seems to be the solution for keeping two people's Web browsing environments separate but on the same machine. (3 messages)

 

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