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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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Slipping Into Something More Comfortable

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When the FedEx delivery truck arrived around 11 AM today with my pre-ordered copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard from the Apple Store, I quickly slipped my feet into my trusty new leopard slippers in order to go outside and sign for the box. I learned that Apple had warned FedEx ahead of time to expect a lot of Leopard packages today and that FedEx had been asked to try to deliver them as early as possible. He said that for the Ithaca-based FedEx branch, there were about 150 boxes. (Thanks to Adam for taking my photo.)


 

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