My console.log file is 27GIGS!! What is this and can I delete it?

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  1. amberashby macrumors 6502

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    I just noticed that my HD space was far less than it had been. After a search I discovered that my console.log file was 27gigs. What is this and why is it so big? I have been using iMovie and iDVD a lot recently so this may have something to do with it.

    I tried deleting it, but it won't let me because it says it is in use.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Colonel Panik macrumors regular

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    Interesting. Do you have MacJanitor? If you do, give it a whirl and see if it deals with the log file. But 27GB is just not right.
     
  3. blaster_boy macrumors 6502

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  4. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Do you have FileVault on? I remember I had some problems with disk space when I had that on, and I only got it back when I logged out and let it "reclaim unused disk space".
     
  5. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just ran MacJanitor on all task, but it did not work. :-(
    I will try Onyx now.
    I have never had File Vault tuned on.
     
  6. tomf87 macrumors 65816

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    You can zero out the log file. Open Terminal and do:

    cd /Library/Logs/Console/<username>

    where <username> is your username

    Now type:

    > console.log

    That will zero it out for you. However, if it keeps getting really large, you might want to do a tail on it to see what is going on:

    tail console.log

    Or to keep monitoring it:

    tail -f console.log
     
  7. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    if you want a gui, just open console, under utilities..you can clean up the entries there,,,infact you can clean up system log, and other logs too..
    cheers
     
  8. amberashby thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This worked. Thanks. I'm not sure what caused this, but I bet it had something to do with iMovie or iDVD.
     
  9. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    27GB! Some people's HDs aren't that big! You should have read some of it to see what WAS adding to the file. As a side note to all who read, what is the console.log file for?
     
  10. stoid macrumors 601

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    I believe the console keeps a computer log that is very useful when reporting bugs so that the developer can get a more accurate picture of what went wrong.
     
  11. abhishekit macrumors 65816

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    mainly it consists of error messages and warnings..though now most of it is in system log..just open console
    applications-utilities-console...
    you can see the entries yourself..
     

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