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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

 
 

Take Control News/21-Feb-05

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We're on the verge of releasing more titles, and this week brought a little extra encouragement to get them out the door in the form of a nice review of "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups."

<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/news/>

MacGuild Gives "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups" an A -- The Macintosh Guild, which bills itself as "the ultimate Apple user group for corporate America," has reviewed Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups," giving it a grade of A (Outstanding). [ACE]

<http://mac-guild.org/reviews/book043.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/backup- macosx.html>

 

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