Kernel panic when deleting specific file


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 28, 2004
I was cleaning out my Final Cut Render Files folder when I emptied the Trash and had a kernel panic. To make a long story short, I narrowed the problem down to one specific video file.

It's 11.19 GB in size, but it's not nearly the largest video I deleted, so that can't be the problem. The video opens and plays just fine, but every time I empty the Trash it panics. I tried deleting it from the Terminal with the same result. No apps were running at the time, so I have no idea what the problem could be.

So what do I do now? It's not a huge deal, but it's annoying. I thought I'd ask here since the Apple Support forums weren't helpful.


macrumors 68040
Oct 11, 2006
Minneapolis, MN
I would imagine that to file was linked to a system resource file. Have to tried doing a restart and then try to delete the file? I have a feeling that it is catching this resource and panicing. After a fresh restart the file should not be attached to anything.


Moderator emeritus
Oct 21, 2003
Portland, OR
1) Please post the results of the KP log. /Library/Logs/panic.log

2) Try repairing the volume booted from the installer DVD. Then try deleting.

3) Assuming the naughty volume is the boot volume (this won't work if it's not), boot the computer in target mode, connect via a firewire cable, and try to erase from another Mac.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 28, 2004
Tried from a fresh restart, no dice. Here's the panic log:

Sun Jul 29 18:17:16 2007
panic(cpu 0 caller 0x00102924): jnl: transaction too big (8385024 >= 8388096 bytes, bufsize 4096, tr 0x26fff14 bp 0x3279d9f0)

Latest stack backtrace for cpu 0:
         0x000952D8 0x000957F0 0x00026898 0x00102924 0x00249478 0x00248A80 0x00246DD8 0x00246EA0 
         0x00246F54 0x00247CD0 0x0022C6B0 0x0022C8CC 0x0023B018 0x0023AB9C 0x000FC9DC 0x000EE4AC 
         0x002AB548 0x000ABB30 0x1FB21E86 
Proceeding back via exception chain:
   Exception state (sv=0x3CED3500)
      PC=0x900061EC; MSR=0x0200F030; DAR=0x3D18BFBE; DSISR=0x40000000; LR=0x90BA9714; R1=0xBFFFC0F0; XCP=0x00000030 (0xC00 - System call)

Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 8.10.0: Wed May 23 16:50:59 PDT 2007; root:xnu-792.21.3~1/RELEASE_PPC
I'll try the other suggestions.