Undeletable 7Gb console.log!

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  1. juanm macrumors 65816

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    Hi!

    I was running out of disk space for apparently no reason, and disk inventory told me that some volume.log is taking about 7 gigs!
    I did a fast search on the forums, and read it's be safe to delete this kind of file. The problem is, it won't let me because, apparently, it's being used.
    I'm relatively new at macs, and have never had problems software-wise, let's say that I'm troubleshooting illiterate, so I'm here, standing before you, to ask for some help... :eek:

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    What is being logged to console.log that takes up so much space?

    Rather than just deleting this, you should try to troubleshoot why it's happening, because it's just going to keep happening.
     
  3. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    any chance you've been using handbrake recently? there's a problem of a log taking up tons of space after using handbrake. i'm searching for the thread now, will post it when i find it.

    *edit* here's the link to the thread on handbrake's forum:Link

    hope this helps your problem. cheers.
     
  4. juanm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks!

    Thank you for your help!

    I read the whole handbrake thread and it makes sense, I *tried* to rip a DVD a few days ago with HB.

    HUGS! ;)
     
  5. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Will it let you put it on the trash can, just not delete it? If so, drag it to the trash, then restart your computer. Then you should be able to delete it.

    If it won't let you even drag it to the trash, I got nothin'.
     
  6. ironic23 macrumors 6502

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    Anytime. Glad it helped work your problem out. :)
     
  7. juanm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I did ;)

    BTW... :D

    Disk inventory says I've got another huge (6Gb) file. This time, it'd be sleepimage
    located in hard drive>private>var>vm>sleepimage :eek:

    Oh, and is there some kind of book to increase my OS X savviness? I don't want to pollute the forums with my problems (although I know it creates a database for the ones who will come after me :))

    Again, thanks in advance :D
     
  8. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I discovered that one recently, too. Here's a tip for it:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070302210328928

    You basically need to disable safe sleep (which I don't see as that big a deal), restart, then delete that file. Definitely clears up space.
     
  9. juanm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow... makes me think... Can this (safe sleep and such) be related to the "macbook wakes up just after sleep" issues? I have them sometimes... :confused:

    I've only used terminal a couple of times. I get

    Last login: Tue Jun 5 03:43:13 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    ordinateur-de-juan:~ Juan$


    Do I have to just copy-paste after it the code they give
    $ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
    $ sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=false


    like this:

    Last login: Tue Jun 5 03:43:13 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    ordinateur-de-juan:~ Juan$ $ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
    -bash: $: command not found
    ordinateur-de-juan:~ Juan$ $ sudo nvram "use-nvramrc?"=false


    and then just press Enter?
    Why does it say command not found?

    Big helping session tonight, huh? :p
     
  10. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    In the command that you copy/paste...I don't think the $ should be included. The first part of each command should be 'sudo.'
     
  11. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    After moving the file to the trash, instead of restarting, you can select "secure empty trash" and that will delete the file. Whenever I have issues with files that don't want to go because they're "in use", I securely delete them.
     
  12. Kermit the frog macrumors regular

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    There is an app called DiscinvtoryX it will show you every file on your computer in a nice neat display
     
  13. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    GrandPerspective is another good one that does the same thing.
     
  14. juanm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No kiddin'? ;)
     
  15. Kermit the frog macrumors regular

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    is grandperspective better then discinventoryx>>?
     
  16. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Never used diskinventoryx. But after taking a look at some screenshots, the two look very similar. Surprisingly so, in some cases.
     

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