the built-in OS X application for viewing log files generated by the system and by individual applications

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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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Why does the Finder run at such a low process priority?

I'm at a bit of a loss about this. I'm running a big import in aperture, and it's causing my system to slow down to a complete crawl, basically rendering it unusable for anything, even browsing the ...
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How can I make 'rm' move files to the trash can?

I use the terminal on a daily basis, I will often use rm DirectoryName, sometimes I get a little crazy and do rm * As you can imagine these shenanigans have sometimes come back and hit me in the ...
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Where does $LANG variable gets set in Mac OS X?

I've used wget for the first time after installing Lion OS X and I've noticed that wget got localized to my native language. Running set command in terminal showed that my LANG variable represents my ...
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Prettify OS X console by coloring output?

OS X terminal is not using colors for highlighting output from different commands, for example ls. When compared with other systems like Ubuntu, this is a big loss of accessibility/productivity. ...
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How to fix usbmuxd spam in console when iPhone is connected?

Since I've upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion (including the latest 10.7.1 update), my usbmuxd seems awfully chatty. This only happens when my iPhone is connected. It spams the following message at ...
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How to fix message spam from usbmuxd in console (_SendDetachNotification/_SendAttachNotification)

My console is flooded with messages like these: 11.01.12 21:21:39,819 com.apple.usbmuxd: _SendDetachNotification (thread 0x7fff7f6cb960): sending detach for device ...
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mds error “No store registered for scope” for nonexistent volume

My system log is flooded with error messages like the following: mds: (Error) Server: No store registered for scope "/Volumes/Storage" The volume in the error was in use on a previous machine ...
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Console reports “sandboxd deny mach-lookup” … Should I modify system.sb?

I'm getting two errors in the console at the same time TimeMachine is running and taking FOREVER to make any progress. 1/4/13 9:41:38.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: sandboxd(5838) deny mach-lookup ...
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How do I execute command line scripts?

In Windows, I can create .bat files. I double click it and all lines are interpreted as if I had entered it into the console. In OS X, what file or program do I have to use? If I want write a file ...
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Is less(1) missing lesskey functionality?

less(1), the terminal file pager, seems to be missing lesskey(1) and the ability to rebind the keystrokes in less. The docs claim it's there, but it doesn't work. Am I crazy or is Apple's version of ...
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OS X Mavericks wakes my Mac from sleep every hour or so

Ever since upgrading to Mavericks, it looks like my Mac Mini wakes from sleep about once an hour or so. In the Console, I get the following message: Oct 30 02:12:06 gary-mac WindowServer[93]: ...
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I see thousands of these in my Console log

8/5/11 5:21:37 PM kernel FireWire GUID ffffffffffffffff is invalid! I have a Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo running Snow Leopard. Any suggestions?
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Is there an OS X 'tail' tool that can monitor remote log files?

I am looking for a visual tail tool that can monitor several local or remote log files. Optional features that interest me: color highlight based on special words, filtering, notifications on new ...
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What is the difference between console.log and system.log?

I am checking system logs via the Console utility. I am wondering what the difference is between the console.log and system.log file?
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All files in Finder show 'Date Modified' with correct days but always the same hour: 19:08

When I open a Finder window, all the file timestamps show the same hour, 19:08. The dates change, but the hour stays constant. This is also the case for time/dates shown in the Console. The Clock on ...
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securityd goes nuts every 4 minutes & 30 seconds

securityd spams my console with the following : 19/04/2012 16:23:17.405 com.apple.securityd: Value of bTransmit: 00000001 repeated 563 times (after disabling the default mps_limit of 500). 4 ...
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MacUpdate check running every hour?

I have MacUpdate installed (which I got with their Spring Bundle). I noticed that it tries to check for updates every hour for some reason. The app itself is not running so it must be some agent or ...
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Does Console.app also log passwords?

I'm a newb of OS X (or any flavor of *Nix for that matter) so this came to mind lately.. As the Console.app logs every single process that's running, does to also mean passwords & such are also ...
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Growl notifications when a user logs in to Minecraft server?

Would love to be able to get a Growl notification when a user logs in to my (locally hosted) Minecraft server. I took a peek in the Console but it doesn't seem to record the logins, although my ...
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Mac wakes up from sleep every night and then goes back to sleep immediately

I've had my Mac Mini for about six months now. Every night, I put it to Sleep rather than shutting it down. Since about two weeks ago, the Mac Mini wakes up from sleep around 1 to 3 am, once a night, ...
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Using PdfLatex in OS X?

This thread here mentions MacTex but it is 2 GB in size and I am trying to find something as small as Apple's open command for modularized preview. How can I get something like pdflatex in OS X? ...
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Why is it important to keep lots of freespace on OSX? What is the impact?

I have a 500GB drive and have less than 50 GB free. Console is reporting several interesting errors saying I'm too low on space and it's cleaning up "stuff" 1/6/13 4:49:51.475 PM ...
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Error in logs: kernel[0]: Validation failed, dataSuffix

I've the following errors in my system logs when running Pages (or any iWork app): Aug 4 19:01:09 kernel[0]: Validation failed, dataSuffix: Aug 4 19:01:09 kernel[0]: b9 d5 6f e2 28 3e b9 48 82 12 ...
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In terminal, running top, info extends past the view of the window

I assume this occurs in more terminal functions than just top. Is there a way to view the information without resizing the console window? I currently have my console window set to open at 80x24, ...
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How can I get rid of this Symantec-related error message in console?

I was forced by my company to un-install Synamtec Antivirus on a machine running OS X 10.6.8. Unfortunately, the person who uninstalled Symantec didn't know how to thoroughly get rid of the program. ...
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Every second in my log: “md5: BUG in libdispatch …”

I checked my log yesterday for an issue not related to this one and saw that aprox. every second I get a message like this: Sep 6 10:54:32 my-mac.local md5[2257]: BUG in libdispatch: 12E55 - 1879 - ...
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apache on OSX 10.8 not starting

I had Apache working on my 10.8 MPBR. I haven't used it for a few weeks, and now it doesn't seem to start. I get nothing in /private/var/log/apache2. Nothing, meaning no logging at all, error or ...
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How to use a UNIX console app

I downloaded a port knocking script from http://www.zeroflux.org/projects/knock It downloaded a file knock, which is a Unix Executable File. When I double click on it, it runs the Terminal, where it ...
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Monitor Console.app for a string and notify when found

Is it possible to monitor all messages in Console.app for a string and then notify the user when this string occurs? I have the problem that I'm getting disk I/O errors and I suspect that it's not a ...
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How do you prevent CodeRunner from prefixing its console output with [00m[00m[00m[00m[00m?

There seems to be a connection between CodeRunner's console output and your actual terminal prompt script, that is, if such prompt code is sourced from e.g. ~/.bash_profile (which CodeRunner reads by ...
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Play a sound when another application outputs to console

I currently have a program that I can't get the source-code to so I'm trying to find another way to do what I need. I was thinking of having an applescript just constantly listening to console and ...
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How to start preview from command line and get back to the terminal when I press ESC?

I do want to add file view support for media files to midnight commander and I something that can be called form the command line that would start preview but that will return to my terminal when I ...
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Is it possible to use a serial terminal (e.g. VT420) with a modern Mac?

I've found lots of tutorials for using a Mac to control a serial device, but not the other way around. I've got a DEC VT520 terminal and a recent Mac Pro, is there a way (with a USB adapter) to get a ...
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“IOSurface seed changed” warnings in console

In Console.app, in the System logging section, I'm seeing messages like this, at a rate of roughly one per second: 19:09:38 kernel: Warning: IOSurface 00000236 seed changed while owned by an ...
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Why the command line does not respect the PATH order on OS X?

I added an ssh command inside ~/bin/ssh and modified the PATH to include it, before other paths. When I do run which ssh it will respond with ~/bin/ssh but when I do run ssh it will just execute the ...
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wifi.log disappeared?

I had some trouble with my wifi connection so I figured, I could switch on logging for airport via sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport debug ...
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>console login - changing the screen size

so when I log into the terminal from my login screen (by typing >console as username), I get logged in to the terminal. However, when I try to use vim or anything useful, it only takes up around 1/4 ...
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Many Applications accessing obsolete x509anchors

When I look into console.app I see that every 2 minutes one of the mac os programs (Safari, Mail, Keychain, Addressbook, WebProcess etc.) is giving an "Warning: accessing obsolete X509Anchors." error. ...
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starting mysql from the console and my.cnf

Is this possible to start mysql from the console. I tried with mysqld start but it fails to start, how to start it? I didn't find my.cnf in Mac, I wanted to change datadir settings, if there any ...
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How to disable coalescing of log messages in OS X?

I've been using Console to debug some things on my Mac, and I keep seeing --- last message repeated one time --- in the log. Apparently it's not really essential, and you can turn it off on the ...
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Console messages “warning: we're on the slow path” from syncdefaultsd

My MacBook (Mid-2010 model) has been sluggish lately and so I decided to check the console to see what was going on. Here is what I found, multiple times: 4/15/14 9:52:55.488 PM syncdefaultsd[20962]: ...
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Following OSX 10.9 upgrade, Console App won't tail after waking from sleep

I use Console.App to tail log files. However, after upgrading to Mavericks, once my MBP wakes from sleep, the app won't refresh automatically. It works fine when I first launch the app. If I click ...
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What does the undocumented switch, -t, do for the mdutil utility?

In the process of troubleshooting why my Time Machine was not completing and hadn't finished backing up since 4PM today - It's now 11:49PM -, I saw two console suspicious log entries as follows (btw: ...
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Odd Console error messages with mdworker — 10.7

Every ten seconds, a new variation on the following error messages show up in my Console: 7/24/13 12:38:20.280 PM mdworker: (Error) Import: import worker will not import on behalf of root user. ...
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Why are there mainly entries of already uninstalled programs in the Console?

When I look into Console (/Applications...), I see a lot of entries that talk about programs I have uninstalled a long time ago, for instance 01.08.12 10:31:29 com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[206 ...
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Console.app bounces but does not start

In a (possibly related) recent question I outline some background to a decidedly unhealthy Mac Book Pro (patched up to date with the latest 10.6 updates). A suggestion was to try to see what clues ...
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Console reporting “Deprecated” in 10.8.x

Not that i know what it is but would like to fix it anyway! My Console shows this...but to my knowledge my MBA 10.8.4 is working fine ? 6/23/13 11:35:31.952 AM System Preferences[3575]: * ...
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Where is system.log located? (In the filesystem, outside of Console.app)

Where is the system.log file actually located? I know of course that I can view its contents in Console.app, but I just want to know where this text file is actually located. Or is it an almagamation ...
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How can I config my Mac to don't scape characters when I copy and paste some text on the console?

Is there anyway to config my Mac to don't scape characters when I copy and paste some text on the console? Could anybody help me? It is driving me crazy to erase all \ characters inserted after a ...