windowserver_last.log question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by furcalchick, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. furcalchick macrumors 68020


    Dec 19, 2006
    South Florida
    i just ran disk inventory x and i noticed that my windowserver_last.log file is at 3.6 gigs. i have also noticed a slowdown in my computer the past few days as well (apps slow to launch, system running slower), so i am wondering if a large windowserver_last.log file will lead to a computer slowdown. thanks.
  2. emailboy macrumors newbie


    Apr 5, 2008
    Happened to me today

    I started having problems on my laptop today. I have the hard drive partitioned into two volumes (one for everything from Apple, one for my own stuff). With 65 open tabs/windows in Safari and oodles of other stuff, I was low on VM (12 swap files). I started getting alerts about being low on space on the startup volume. Disk Inventory X revealed that /var/log/windowserver_last.log was 6GB! The entries were all error messages from today.

    I created /etc/daily.local, copied the log-rolling code from /etc/daily to it and changed the log files to windowserver.log and windowserver_last.log and ran it as a test. It worked terrifically.

    I'm not sure this log rolling is needed, since none of the other machines have large /var/log/windowserver* files. But I figure it won't hurt.

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