What is /private/var/log/windowserver_last.log?????

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  1. dansgil macrumors regular

    dansgil

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    This morning had over 104 GB disk space and then this afternoon, I only had 93 GB left. I used "WhatSize" to see what was taking up so much space and it showed the file '/private/var/log/windowserver_last.log' as 12 GB.

    What is this file? Is it safe to delete?

    Thanks i advance.
     
  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Junk it. I had this very same problem - the log ate 95% of my hard drive, and I freaked out because I couldn't figure out where the space was going. I'm glad you figured it out!

    It is running willy-nilly due to some bug. It's safe to trash it, I did.
     
  3. dansgil thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    But, just to be on the safe side, I'll backup my system first. :)
     
  4. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

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    You can trash everything in /var/log/. No need to backup.
     
  5. vohdoun macrumors 65816

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    I guess you don't let OS X do much maintenance at night. I'm guessing maybe 4 - 5 months or maybe much more worth of use, since it last done any maintenance.

    As I was curious to see mine and I just had a look, and they are nowhere near anything like you describe.
     

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  6. BilltheCat macrumors regular

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  7. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    No idea. But apple replaced the drive, and that fixed it. I'm inclined to think it wasn't a bad drive as I could still access it (at the very end), and it was not listed as failing nor making any death sounds. Just another piece of junked hardware from an Apple computer, thanks to yours truly.
     
  8. loredanav78 macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem!

    Hi everybody!
    After reinstalling the operating system on my ibook G4 I went from having 21 G free to ~7 G and a /var/log/windowserver_last.log of ~13G.
    What shall I do?
    I have been reading different things: somebody say it is safe to cancel but some others says it freezes if you do.
    Any advise?
    Thanks for reading!!!
    Lori
     
  9. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if you have a backup, I'd go ahead and delete it... I like to think it's safe, but in case it's not you can go back and think again.
     

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