Some process adding to /private/var/log

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Mork, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Mork macrumors 6502

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    I have some process on the Mac adding tons of files to my /private/var/log folder. These files have an extension of ".asl", which coincidentally is the same as the Adobe Style files.

    Is there anyway to figure out what process/program is causing these files to be logged?

    Looking at the internals of these files isn't very revealing.

    In one day, for example, 20GB of log files got added.

    Other days, very few.

    Confusing.

    Thanks in advance.

    - m
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    Did you try using a web search engine to see if any of the filenames in question come up in a search? Also if you had done a search using "file extension asl" You would get links that show there to be several applications that generate .asl files.
     
  3. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup did that. That search didn't help. Hence, I posted here. :)

    Thanks Bear.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Could you post the names of some of those .asl files?
     
  5. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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  6. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps I should have listed all the steps I went through before posting?

    Yes, I found that too in about .15 seconds. It just didn't have the information I needed. ;)

    The next time I get a 20 GB .asl dump, I'll do additional investigation. Things seem quiet at the moment.

    Thanks for your posting.

    - m
     
  7. plinden macrumors 68040

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  8. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I've already been doing this as well as part of digging into what's going on.

    Thanks.
     
  9. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Sure it does.....

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  10. Bear macrumors G3

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    I see that Mork still hasn't posted the actual file names.

    Probably as it would've cut down on suggestions of things you've already tried.
     
  11. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    The contents of /private/var/log/asl/ are what the Apple's version of the syslog daemon uses to actually work. The text logs are mearly a byproduct, and the asl contents are the magic behind the curtain: a full database of the logging messages sent in your computer.

    I use this all the time to pull out specific time segments or debug levels of these messages. Yes, my job is a little weird in this regard, but it is a really wonderfull system. Peter Hosey has done some nice work covering the system in some detail:

    http://boredzo.org/blog/archives/2008-01-20/asl-logging
     

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