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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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MobileMe Repairs Itself for Little Old Me

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My home MacBook's Address Book is finally, blissfully, in sync with the rest of my datasphere. As I wrote about in "MobileMe Fails to Launch Well, But Finally Launches," 2008-07-12, my work Mac Pro and my 2G iPhone both seemed to cope with the changeover for MobileMe without a hitch. Once the me.com Web applications started to work, I could see the same data either instantly or within moments at me.com, on the Mac Pro, or on the iPhone.

Not so with my MacBook. I tried everything. Reset the sync. Unregistered all computers with MobileMe and restarted. Deleted files in my Application Support directory. Used Console to read log files. Talked (unofficially) with some folks at Apple. Posted to the Apple forums. Nada. I even imported all my data from the Mac Pro into my MacBook's Address Book just to see if a corrupted record might have been the problem. Nope.

And, then, last night it just started to work. Nothing to see here, move along now. With all my systems synchronized, I am finally starting to appreciate the new push and semi-push (15 minute delay on desktop) efforts that Apple made. I updated some phone number information for my parents, and by the time I checked on my MacBook, the details were updated. I deleted some garbled contacts via me.com, and a few seconds later, they were gone from the iPhone.

 

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