Lex Friedman's Internet career has included significant roles at Intermix and Demand Media. He co-founded The Daily Plate, a diet-tracking Web site, which is now part of Livestrong.com. Beyond his professional Internet work, Lex also writes. He publishes the Lex, Briefly blog, co-authored humor book The Snuggie Sutra and contributes frequently to Macworld. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Lauren, his two daughters, and too many iOS devices to count. He also tweets too much.
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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