How to clean out the system Log files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by C. Alan, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. C. Alan macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2009
    I am having some trouble with the system log files filling up my 40gig SSD boot drive on my Mac Pro 4.1.

    When I first loaded Snow Leopard on the SSD, it was about 20gigs total. Over the past year, it has balloned to over 38gigs, and it is now threatening to fill up my little 40gig boot drive.

    I used GrandPerspective, and found out that almost a third of my drive is taken up by system log files (those in /private/var/log folder). The system log file alone was over 8gigs. My system dual boots with Lion on a different drive, so I was able to erase the large log file with no problems.

    However, I would like to know if there is a way in snow leopard to limit the size of the log file, or to periodicly erase them all?

    Thank You,
    --C. Alan
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    OnyX can easily clean out log files.
  3. C. Alan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2009
    Thanks, I will give it a try.

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