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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

 
 

Welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman!

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Welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman! Our heartiest congratulations to Contributing Editor Glenn Fleishman and his wife Lynn Warner, on the birth of their son Benjamin last Wednesday, 18-Aug-04. Tonya and I have known and worked with Glenn for many years: his first appearance in TidBITS came back in 1991 in TidBITS-053; he hosted our servers at his company POPCO for several years in the mid-1990s; we worked together on the short-lived NetBITS before he took time off to recover from Hodgkin's Disease; he and I co-authored two editions of The Wireless Networking Starter Kit; and now he's writing Take Control ebooks with us. It's been a long and enjoyable road, and we wish him and Lynn and Benjamin a continued smooth journey.

While we're on the topic of babies born last Wednesday, equally hearty congratulations are due to our friends Jason and Lauren Snell, on the birth of their second child, Julian William Snell. Jason is Editor in Chief of Macworld Magazine and an occasional TidBITS Talk contributor, and Lauren worked with us years ago on the original incarnation of DealBITS.

Much as we miss being able to spend time in person with Glenn and Lynn (in Seattle) and Jason and Lauren (near San Francisco), if all our kids went to the same school, the school newspaper might be really scary. I can just imagine the conversations: "My Mom says you're not supposed to capitalize prepositions in titles." "But the 23rd Edition of Chicago Manual says you should capitalize those words when they're used as adverbs!" [ACE]

 

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