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 Mac Macros
- Scripting the Unscriptable in Mac OS X (10 Mar 03)
- QuicKeys X: The Return of the Ghost (22 Oct 01)
- Freedom of the Button Press - OneClick 2.0 (03 Apr 00)
- QuicKeys 4 Presses My Buttons (09 Aug 99)
- OneClick - A Super Utility (21 Oct 96)
- Form, Function, and QuicKeys 3.5, Part 2 (07 Oct 96)
- Form, Function, and QuicKeys 3.5, Part 1 (30 Sep 96)
- The User Over Your Shoulder - Of Macs and Macros (09 Dec 96)
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