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.
Once you've checked out the big Take Control sale this week, we have oodles of other articles for you. Glenn Fleishman was busy, explaining why it's unlikely that we'll see another U.S. iPhone carrier any time soon, testing the new push notification-capable AIM for iPhone, and covering the new Adobe BrowserLab service for comparing how Web pages render in different browsers. Not to be left out, Jeff Carlson reviews four programs for recovering accidentally deleted photos from a memory card, and Matt Neuburg explains the best way to format a new hard disk. Notable software releases this week include Tinderbox 4.7.0, Airfoil 3.3.1, Apple TV 2.4, Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0.2, Time Capsule and AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.4.2, Final Cut Pro 6.0.6, Camino 1.6.8, BBEdit 9.2.1 and the MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.7.
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