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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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This little $129 network utility from Apple hasn't gotten a lot of press, but I've heard good things about it. Quite simply, Likewise allows you to set up multiple Macs over a network with identical files and system settings, a task many network administrators want to do. Apple says:

  • Configures an entire classroom at the click of a button
  • Downloads system and application programs to all Macintosh computers at once
  • More affordable and more precisely focused than sophisticated network management software
  • Easily selects network zones for configuration
  • Can update system files from a remote location
  • Allows automatic restart or shutdown after transfer
  • Administrator can update Client's system files, change Client systems to new settings, or rename all Client hard disks
  • Compatible with any AppleTalk network using LocalTalk or Ethernet
Apple -- 800/950-2442

 

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