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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

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/19-Dec-05

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Belkin 802.11g adapter vs. AirPort -- A reader provides his experience setting up these two wireless networking components. (1 message)

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Geographic photo galleries -- A reader wants to display digital photos along with maps of where they were taken. Time for a Google Maps hack! (2 messages)

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Image formats for digital photography -- Following Charles Maurer's article from last week, a reader wonders why we have to deal with post-processed image formats - including Camera RAW - instead of just getting a straight image dump of what gets recorded to the camera's sensor. (4 messages)

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Which PDA to use with both a Mac and a PC? Is there a single PDA that works well across multiple environments? And what about using a phone/PDA hybrid device? Readers weigh in with their experiences. (10 messages)

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Languages and ideas -- Matt Neuburg's article on Prograph prompts discussion about whether programming languages are expressions of ideas (and therefore subject to copyright) or free to be used in various ways. (2 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>