console.log = 4.3 GB. Safe to delete?

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  1. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

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    #1
    Yes, the console.log file is over 4 gigs. How can I get rid of it?

    I tried using the console utility, but it never opened it up. In fact, the system became unresponsive and I had to do a hard restart. (In fact, now the offending log file is named console.log.1).

    I'm running 10.3.9. Can I just delete this sucker or what?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Delete it and restart. There's a bug in OSX whereby these log files grow to fill your hard drive. It usually happens quite quickly so you'd know about it by now. It's safe to delete them/it though. :)
     
  3. lord patton thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I'm having this happen quite regularly lately running Panther on my iBook G4. Any more definitive solutions than that? It gets annoying doing this once or twice a week.

    Update: found this on Apple discussion boards. I'll give it a shot and report back.
     
  6. pmartin macrumors regular

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    Yeah, make a cron task to do it for you.
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Actually deleting the itunes plist as suggested in the Apple forum seems to have done the trick -- just 100K after an hour of use. That's better than a cron job, methinks....
     

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