insane console log size. Safe to delete.

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  1. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    I noticed recently that my hard drive was very very full.
    I deleted a load of old crap and counted the major folder sizes up and they came to about 150 gig, but the drive has 300 gig in use.
    Did a quick check in diskinventoryx and I found this bugger (see pic) a insane 72gig log file...

    is it safe to delete and what could have caused this?
     

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  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep, they're usually safe to delete. If it happens again (or if you're just curious) you might try to investigate to see what caused it, but it's likely just a one-off occurrence.
     
  3. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yer just going to delte it... any idea how to find out what made this?
     
  4. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Use the utility supplied in OS X

    Applications | Utilities | Console

    In the console app, click File and choose console.log

    If you don't have a toolbar in the log window, click View | Show Toolbar

    Use the clear button - the only safe way to do this that I know of.

    EDIT: I just noticed that this was an older one - my bad...
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    You'd have to open it in Console and look at what the entries say...it's likely a single entry repeated over and over. I just don't know how happy Console (and your system in general) would be trying to open a 72 GB log file.
     
  6. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I decided to to find out what it is. :)
    I just wanted my hardrive space back!

    P.S. Thanks for the speedy responses.
     
  7. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Apologies - (trying to watch Duke and Maryland while I answered this)

    I meant to say use the File | Delete option. The reason is that I have seen problems in the past with people trying to delete the console.log (or other active logs). I "assume" that this app would take care of this cleanly.

    WildCowboy - I agree - useless to look at this...
     
  8. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    what program

    Sorry, I am still an OSX noob .... what program did you use to create the file size "map"?
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's Disk Inventory X.
     
  10. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    you could start terminal and do a:

    sudo tail -n 1000 /var/log/console.log.3 | more
     
  11. akadmon macrumors 68010

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    Neat app -- thanks for the link!
     
  12. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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  13. blackscooby macrumors 6502

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    If it were my system I'd be more than interested to see what the hell it was writing.

    sudo head -n 1000 /var/log/console.log.3 | more
    to see the top entries to the file (earliest) and then tail to look at the end. You'll then know how long it took to use up that massive amount of space.
     
  14. sturigdson macrumors regular

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    No doubt. It could be a serious software conflict, or a strange bug. These kinds of problems can be caused by any number of conflicts, it'd be very helpful to see what caused it.
     
  15. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh well too late! :rolleyes:

    Do you really believe its that big a deal not knowing what it was?
     

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