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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

 
 

Sumex Mirrors, Speak Up!

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Liam Breck <breck@kirk.ecs.umass.edu>, the Info-Mac moderator in charge the sumex reorganization, writes:

Attention administrators of Info-Mac mirror sites:

We are compiling a list of Info-Mac mirror sites around the world so we can inform users where else our archive can be reached and so we can stay in touch with our mirrors about important changes, such as the recent file list format change.

If you are in charge of, or closely associated with, an Info-Mac mirror site, please email me the following information:

  • site Internet address
  • site location (include organization, city, state, country)
  • email address(es) of site administrator(s)
  • name(s) of site administrator(s)
  • site disk capacity
  • site operating system
  • how much of the Info-Mac archive is available at site
  • how often site connects to Info-Mac for updates
  • method used to update site

 

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