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.
This week, our minds turn to keeping your data safe. Glenn Fleishman follows up on security-related changes in the recently released Mac OS X 10.3.4, we look at Apple's latest (and most important) security update, and David Shayer reviews Tech Tool Pro 4. If data integrity isn't music to your ears, read Glenn's coverage of Apple's new AirPort Express with AirTunes, which brings music from your Mac to your stereo via Wi-Fi. We also note the releases of Six Degrees 2.0, Eudora 6.1.1, PowerMail 5, and Ergonis's KeyCue.
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