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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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

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-Nov-07

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Hosting on .Mac -- Apple's online service now offers domain hosting, but only if used in conjunction with iWeb '08. (5 messages)

Spotlight Strikes Back: In Leopard, It Works Great -- Readers react to the changes in Spotlight under Leopard, including much better search criteria, a built-in calculator, and searching networked volumes. (9 messages)

Phone Message Software Recommendation please -- A number of suggestions are made for software that will easily accept transcribed phone messages. (6 messages)

iPhone Provides a Light -- Your iPhone (or other LCD-equipped piece of electronics, including an old PowerBook!) can also serve as an impromptu flashlight. (2 messages)

Leopard: Stopping Buffer Overflows -- The latest version of Mac OS X includes security improvements, but is our interconnectedness increasing vulnerability? (2 messages)

Leopard Firewall Takes One Step Forward, Three Steps Back -- Early problems with Skype and the Leopard firewall point to other problems with Skype's implementation. (2 messages)

Office 2004 printing problem Intel Mac -- Several users are seeing problems when printing from Office 2004 under Leopard. (3 messages)

Grumbling about Pages and iWeb -- You can use sources other than iPhoto for accessing photos in iWork, but the solution isn't necessarily obvious. (4 messages)

Mac Book Pro Screen Smear -- A mark that appeared to be a finger smear is oddly persistent. Perhaps the solution is Melamine foam. (3 messages)

Bento -- Readers react to Jeff Porten's article about FileMaker's Bento preview. (5 messages)

Leopard File Sharing -- When our children comb our electronic discussions, they will marvel at our capabilities to remember dates such as 19-Nov-97 in honor of the release of LaserWriter 8.5.1, or the oldest version of the Mac system that can still network with the newest version. (2 messages)

BBEdit 8.7.1 Adds Features, Fixes Bugs, Saves Data -- Adam's note about dealing with a large BBEdit Backups folder inspires others to share their solutions for keeping folders at manageable sizes. (2 messages)

Running Adobe Products in Leopard -- Adobe has posted a FAQ about what to expect when running its software under Leopard. (1 message)

Recent iMacs -- Sporadic problems with new iMacs may be solved by a recent firmware update. (3 messages)

OS X On Generic PC Hardware -- Some hackers have been able to run Mac OS X on generic PC hardware. Should Apple be worried? Is it really usable? (5 messages)


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,
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