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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.

Visit Discussion of syslogd problem at Smarticus

 
 

No TidBITS Issue on 22 November 2010

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Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we won’t be publishing an email issue on 22 November 2010 as we get ready for family and food. (I for one will be consulting Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner” ebook, which is also now available in the iBookstore—which it isn’t yet possible to link to—and as an iPhone app, for my dinner preparations.)

Although the weekly email edition of TidBITS won’t appear on Monday, we’ll no doubt continue to post to the TidBITS Web site. Check back at the site or subscribe to the our RSS feed or Twitter stream to keep up with everything we’re writing. And look for the next email issue on 29 November 2010!

 

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