What is syslogd and why is it using half my system when I'm trying to work?

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  1. RHD macrumors 6502

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    What is syslogd? Why is it using half my system and slowing down my render program to practically a standstill when I'm trying to work, and how do I stop it?
     

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  2. belvdr macrumors 601

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    That logs system activity to a log file. I'd check out /var/log/messages and see what is going on.
     
  3. robertdb macrumors newbie

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    Syslog logs system messages

    Hi,

    syslog is a facility to capture all logs generated. The logs are stored in /var/log, so open a Terminal, do "sudo su -" enter your password and enter "ls -rtl /var/log" to see what file was modified recently.

    You can enter a "tail -f /var/log/system.log" (or any other logfile) to see the lines added there.

    Likely some application is trying to tell you something.

    Regards,

    Robert de Bock.
     
  4. RHD thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hum.

    Well it's going to have to find another way...

    Apple's help desk, which I never use but I was desperate, told me (eventually, they were a bit bemused) to delete the plist and restart which has worked. For now, but I bet it will be back.

    Next time I might venture into Terminal as you suggest but these things invariably happen when I don't have time to play and Terminal always makes me nervous in case I get an apostrophe in the wrong place and accidentally delete everything off the machine.

    Thanks for getting back to me.
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    In your Applications/Utilities folder is an app called Console. That will show you what's going on in the logs.
     
  6. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    But terminal is so much more fun than the console.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yes, it is.
     
  8. dcubed20 macrumors member

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    You can't ruin anything by running 'ls'
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No, but having an open terminal window while logged in as root can cause a few unintended consequences.
     

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