Interarchy 6.2 Released -- Stairways Software has released Interarchy 6.2, its utility for transferring files and testing network connections. The new version features an interarchy command line tool, more efficient SFTP mirroring, support for ELFP and SuperDOS FTP servers, and the capability to copy Rendezvous URLs from the Bookmarks window. Interarchy 6.2 was also reorganized to tie together related features, such as consolidating the Go menu and Organizer window into Bookmarks headings and making it easy to remove unused folders from the Bookmarks window. For advanced users, a new icutil command line utility can explore and edit Mac OS X's Internet Config settings. Interarchy 6.2 costs $45; upgrades from Interarchy 6.0 and later are a free 3.2 MB download. Interarchy 6.2 runs on Mac OS 8.5 and higher, although several features are available only for Mac OS X. [JLC]
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.