Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

Visit Discussion of syslogd problem at Smarticus

 
 
Previous: TidBITS 145 Next: TidBITS 147

Administrivia

The jargon-speak of the week comes in the postscript of a mass mailing from Kate Mitchell, Vice President of Oracle Corporation, about an Oracle seminarShow full article

APDA Moves

APDA, which distributes Apple's development tools like ResEdit, moved earlier this fall, and now has some new phone numbers and a snail mail address in Buffalo, NYShow full article

DeskWriter Comments

Several people wrote to tell me more about the new HP DeskWriter 550C and how it works. The DeskWriter ink cartridge contains the print head in the cartridge itself, which simplifies the double-cartridge design used by the DeskWriter 550C. The two cartridges, one black, one color, are mounted next to each other on the same carriage mechanism, which allows you to print all four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black - commonly abbreviated CMYK) to on any given row of dotsShow full article

MBDF Culprits Sentenced

The three Cornell University students who pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from the creation and release of the MBDF virus were sentenced last week in IthacaShow full article

MacUser Oops

Normally we magazine types prefer to avoid talking about one another in print, because we know better than anybody how to write nasty letters to the editorShow full article

100 Fonts for $49

One hundred of the best-selling professional-quality Macintosh laser fonts for only $49! Sound too good to be true? Well, maybe, but then again, maybe not. When I saw the ad for KeyFonts in the MacWarehouse catalog, my first reaction was font envyShow full article

MacPolitik

I write this the day after the first US presidential debate in which Ross Perot had a grand old time being unpolished and quick on his feet, in which George Bush gained coherency throughout the evening from a thoroughly confusing start, and in which Bill Clinton showed cautious poise during a rhetorically solid performanceShow full article

Show the full text of all articles