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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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Shared Database Solutions -- When one reader's organization starts feeling growing pains, what's the best way to consolidate information to avoid having several databases on multiple machines? (9 messages)

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Delayed password disclosure technique -- A new method of online authentication could help avoid stolen passwords on the Internet. (8 messages)

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Timbuktu 8.0 Finally Adds Encryption -- Readers discuss Netopia's latest version of its remote administration software, including the new Push Install capability to upgrade Timbuktu easily. (5 messages)

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Cleaning House in iTunes -- Adam's article about culling duplicates from his iTunes library prompt other solutions from other readers, including synchronizing multiple libraries and changing song information for several songs at once. (7 messages)

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Simple hosted CMS like Site Crossing -- Readers suggest other company-hosted content management systems similar to Web Crossing Inc.'s new Site Crossing service. (16 messages)

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iPods Defeating Insomnia -- Last week's article about how Adam and Tonya fall asleep using their iPod struck a chord with a few people, including one who recommends a special pillow speaker, and another who explains the mechanism for how audio books can put you to sleep. (3 messages)

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Multiple iTMS authorizations -- A couple of readers run into trouble when combining songs from the iTunes Music Store purchased under two different user accounts, while others don't seem to be affected. (4 messages)

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Third-party DVD Burner -- Suggestions are offered to someone looking to buy a non-Apple DVD burner, both internal and external models. (4 messages)

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SMTP server while travelling -- When a reader relocates to Beijing, she runs into trouble sending email through her old SMTP server. TidBITS Talk to the rescue! (15 messages)

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