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.
Other articles in the series Nisus 3.0
- Nisus Details (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Conclusions (06 Apr 92)
- A Miscellany of Nits (06 Apr 92)
- More Bells (06 Apr 92)
- Macros and Programming (06 Apr 92)
- Find/Replace (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - III (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - II (06 Apr 92)
- Rulers and Styles - I (06 Apr 92)
- Menus (06 Apr 92)
- Windows (06 Apr 92)
- Typing, Clicking, and Moving (06 Apr 92)
- Nisus Introduction (06 Apr 92)
The 2nd part of our three-part review of Nisus.
The horizontal ruler area at the top of a text window contains the expected formatting tools: you can set the paragraph containing the insertion point to be ragged-right, ragged-left, centered, or right-and-left justified; you can insert four kinds of tabs; increment or decrement line leading and paragraph leading; and, of course, slide the wrapping marginsShow full article
The Paragon people at some point decided that this way of working with formats was incomplete, and so a second level of hierarchy is included, Named RulersShow full article
The top level in the formatting hierarchy is User-Defined Styles. In Nisus, the term Style in this context does not refer to paragraph formatting per seShow full article
We turn now to the bottom level of Nisus, the area where the nitty-gritty is, the stuff that Nisus seems truly made for: the find-and-replace and macro/programming facilities. You set up a find or find-and-replace in a dialog window, and the flexibility of what you can do is astonishingShow full article
The macro facility is divided into two levels, referred to as Macros and Programming. The difference is formal: the two levels involve different commands, which cannot be combined on a single line of a macro (though they can be combined within a single macro), and the Programming Dialect requires the presence of a special interpreter fileShow full article
We now come to the top layer of Nisus, a number of miscellaneous page-layout features cobbled together (a recent MacUser refers to it as a "Swiss-Army knife," an apt comparison)Show full article