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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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More PIMs, Now -- Late last month, Adobe and Now Software announced that Now Software would take over the development, marketing, and support of Adobe's DateBook (for both Mac and Windows) and TouchBase personal information managers. The applications, which don't fit with Adobe's product focus, came originally from Aldus, and before that from After Hours Software. The move gives Now Software an immediate foothold in the Windows market, and users can expect an easy migration to Now Software's future product offerings, such as data and file compatibility with its more-powerful Now Up-to-Date and Now Contact. Now Software -- 503/274-2800 -- 503/274-0670 (fax) -- <support@nowsoft.com> [ACE]

 

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