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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/13-Mar-06

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Keep Your Mac Running Smoothly -- Everyone agrees that regular maintenance is the best way to avoid nasty problems and to ensure your Mac runs at peak performance, but it's hard to know what you should do and when to do it, and even harder to fit it into your schedule. If that describes you, check out Joe Kissell's newest ebook, "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac." In it, Joe applies his commonsense approach to the task of maintaining your Mac. You'll find out how to start on the right foot; what you should do daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly; and how to prepare for Mac OS X updates. Joe's suggestions are based on hard-won experience, so he covers not only what you should do but also what you should know about commonly suggested panaceas that seldom actually help. You'll also learn how to monitor your Mac's health so you can detect problems before they cause trouble, and find out where to turn if trouble does raise its ugly head. Of course, opinions vary on some of these tasks, so the ebook contains conversations with experts about what they do in particular situations. The ebook even includes a one-page checklist you can post near your computer to remind you of maintenance tasks. Also, don't miss Joe's interview with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices for additional maintenance tips and utility advice.

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"Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger" Translated to Dutch -- Our team of industrious Dutch translators have once again brought a Take Control ebook to the Dutch-speaking Macintosh community with a translation of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger." The 194-page ebook teaches you how to customize your incoming mail view, display slideshows of attached photos, find messages with Spotlight, and create smart mailboxes. You'll also find advice about importing from other programs, creating rules, parental controls, and the Previous Recipients list. Learn how to solve connection problems, fix damaged mailboxes, and make Spotlight see messages it isn't finding properly. This Dutch translation costs $15 so there's a share for the translators, and it comes with a copy of the English version so readers can learn of updates before they're translated.

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