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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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Apple Releases iMac, iLife, Pro Application Updates

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Apple has rolled out several bug-fix updates in the last week targeting specific machines or applications. The updaters are available via Software Update or as stand-alone downloads. They include:

  • iMac Software Update 1.1 provides unspecified bug fixes for 20-inch and 24-inch aluminum iMacs with 2.0, 2.4, and 2.8 GHz processors. It's a 5.1 MB download.
  • Keyboard Software Update 1.2 is also geared toward iMac owners as well as purchasers of the new aluminum keyboard. The update fixes problems with the keyboard's special features and is a 35.3 MB download.
  • Compatibility Update for QuickTime 7.2 "delivers increased compatibility with iLife," and is an 18.1 MB download.
  • iTunes 7.4.1 (for Mac and for Windows) adds support for the latest iPods and adds the new ringtone maker. The Mac version is a 38.3 MB download; the Windows version is a 49.1 MB download.
  • Pro Application Support 4.0.2 "addresses issues with keyboard interface reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio," according to Apple. The update is a 7.6 MB download.

 

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