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System files that contain system event information, errors, and crash information.

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system.log is flooded with mDNSResponder messages: “queryrecord_result_callback:…”

My Mac is constantly writing the same following error message to system.log: ... Feb 18 15:24:21 MBA mDNSResponder[51]: queryrecord_result_callback: mDNS_Lock: Locking failure! mDNS_busy (1) != ...
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iMac black-screened, wouldn't wake up; here's the error message

I put my 1 year old iMac (running OSX 10.8.2 with all updates) to sleep in San Diego. I then tried to wake it up from Vegas using my other iMac (same OS) using the following command: Cmd-K >> "...
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Log everything in OSX (not just what I see in console)

Is there any way I can log everything of what happens in Mac OS X snow leopard and not just what I can see in the console? I can barely see errors logs there, I would like to see which applications ...
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How can I extend the time when system.log gets turned over?

Right now my system.log gets recreated every 24 hours or so with a message like: Jan 4 00:30:01 Mac newsyslog[63416]: logfile turned over Can I change a setting such that it will get rotated every ...
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Is it 'ok' to delete zsh's *.asl logs?

I do a lot of work in the terminal. Sometimes, after a week or two, start up gets a bit slow (I'm talking about an extra second or two, not the end of the world but it's slower). I did some Googling ...
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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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What information does iPhone 4S Log-Aggregated 2012-12-12 contain?

On the iPhone under the Settings > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage Data > log aggregated, what does this mean? <key>appActivationCount.com.apple.MobileSMS</key> <integer>...
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Mac Sudden Motion Sensor: Obtaining activation state

Very similar to this SuperUser question, I'd like to know if there's a way to know when the SMS is actually engaged. Note that I do not want to know if the sensor is enabled (which can be done from ...
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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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Time Machine - List of Files that were backed up

I'd like to know to see which files are getting backed up by my time machine? I often see a large amount of data being transfered and I'm not sure sure what it is.
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How can one determine which user deleted a shared file on OS X Mountain Lion Server

My girlfriend is a lab technician at a small pharmaceutical startup. She created a very important Excel file and placed it in a shared folder on a server that the "IT" guy set up. The server runs ...
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logger vs syslog -s

What exactly is the difference between using logger and syslog -s? According to its manpage, logger provides interface to the system log module, but I can't really see the point given that syslog(1) ...
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Does the OS X log notifications from the Notification Center?

The helpful companion to the OSX notifications center Growl per default logs all received notifications. You can define how big the log may get or disable logging in the application. Since the latest ...
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Repeating FolderActions log messages

I'm getting these log messages repeatedly: Sep 14 11:52:17 paulbook com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[288] (com.apple.FolderActions.folders): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds Sep 14 11:52:17 ...
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Why does mdworker keep spamming the logs on Lion?

After upgrading to Lion I keep noticing strange spamming of mdworker on the logs, even though there doesn't seem to be any noticeable CPU or IO work being done. The machine is snappy but I just can't ...
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How to delete all NSLog's & comments from my Xcode application?

Is there anyway to delete the NSLog lines from the app by any trick/tool? I usually use NSLog's in each & every method to understand the flow of control & to know about the values of the app's ...
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Client side DHCP log

Is there a dhcp logfile available in osx (snow leopard or lion) where I can see when a new ip-address was received from the DHCP server?
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iPhone log for actions like deleting text conversations?

I recently found one of my long-running text conversations cleared. I may have deleted it accidentally, but I would like to know when I did. Is there a system log that logs information at this level?...
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Where is Diagnostics & Usage Data stored on iOS?

Since I've installed a few jailbreak tweaks, my iPhone has been crashing fairly regularly and I would like to know exactly what's causing it. Does anyone know the direct path to where the crash logs/...
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How do I find the log for the shutdown process?

I've done some Googling and nowhere do I find where you can log the shutdown process. The best I've found is a log where it states when the shutdown process begins but that's all. My computer is ...
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Simple File Transfer Logs

This may be a general Unix question rather than a OS X question. I want to log general file transfers on OS X, whether it be from and to the same system or to another system, but to keep it simple ...
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How to find a cause of a Kernel Panic message, or BSoD?

How to understand why Beautiful Screen of Death1 appeared? When I tried to find what happened using "Console" I couldn't find anything useful in logs? There's no 'panic' or 'SIG*' in logs, so what ...
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Parental Controls flooded system.log with errors

I was digging around for fun, and found that my system.log was flooded with errors. Here is the output of sudo cat system.log | tail -8: Mar 19 15:33:06 THE-COMPUTER parentalcontrolsd[113]: -[...
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Show Active Connections to “Internet Sharing”

How can I view a list of devices that are connected to my Apple laptop via Internet Sharing (when it's enabled)? If a list doesn't exist, does Internet Sharing log DHCP requests and if so, where? ...
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Weird errors in system.log while trying to run .kext

First, I don't know if this is the correct place to put this question. Would Serverfault or Stackoverflow be better? I was running through a tutorial on making Mac Kernel Extensions. I loaded it, and ...
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Where is the cron log file in MacOSX Lion?

I want to troubleshoot a cron job that worked fine until a recent modification, but I can't find the cron log file, where is it?
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Growl 1.3+: Location of (rollup) Log for use with GeekTool

Where can I find Growl's log(s)? Would like to use with GeekTool to display it on the desktop.
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Exclude from log by pattern matching

I want to exclude some firewall notices and certain benign error messages from the system logs. They occur every few seconds and make it hard to find real problems, especially when the files get ...
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Does OS X store my complete install history?

I'm running 10.6.8 and wondering where my Mac stores my install history -- I'm thinking everything from Ruby gems to full blown web apps. Does such a general file exist?
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Is there an app that allows me to monitor time spent using an application?

Is there a tool that allows you to monitor the amount of time spent actively interacting with an application? This would be useful for development work to get an idea of just how long projects take. ...
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How can I see which of my Login Items is slowing down my startup time?

Recently — perhaps when I upgraded to Lion, perhaps some other time — I've noticed that OS X is not ready to go after startup as fast as it used to be. I have a fast SSD as my only internal drive, ...
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Where can I find my crash logs?

I would like to ask you, where could I find my crash logs?
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Where do I find the logs for OS X authentication attempts?

I'm on a personal computer, with Lion running and only a single user account on the computer. Is there a log file for authentication attempts (both for login attempts and password protected ...
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Does Mail log errors into a console or text file?

Does Mail log errors into a console or text file somewhere?
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How to limit log file size in /var/log/DiagnosticMessages?

Every so often my Mac mini will fill up the hard drive with log messages in /var/log/DiagnosticMessages. It will be fine for weeks, then suddenly spew 30GB to a log file in a single day. I'd like to ...
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How can I log screen sharing access on OS X?

I've got my firewall on (the OS X firewall) and I've got a lot of attempts on screen sharing. Allow AppleVNCServer connecting from 93.78.170.237:2223 uid = 0 proto=6 I want to log successful ...
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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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How to monitor USB power consumption?

I'm looking for a way to monitor the power being drawn from the USB ports on my Mac. System Profiler doesn't appear to display this and I haven't been able to find any applications or tools to do the ...
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Graphic cards issue

I am running a Mac Pro as a kind of server for an application, everything is automated and I am usually using Remote desktop. Now I have the need to update the Mac version and just realized that the ...
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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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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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Safe to post iOS crash logs in public?

One of the iOS apps I use has been crashing a lot more than usual lately, so I'm posting about it on their forum. I've got a bunch of crash logs. Is it safe to post iOS crash logs in a public place? ...
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Setting a custom log

I have to get all the chromium and firefox info logs out of /var/log/system.log and into a nice quiet /var/log/{chromium,firefox}.log. However I can neither recall or find how to set that in syslog....
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Is it possible to find the serial number of stolen devices using a Mac that they've been connected to?

For a number of devices that were stolen, can I find their serial number on a Mac that I still have and which the devices have been connected to at some point? In other words, are there any ...
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Can someone help me read this crash report as a user?

How can I read a crash report to get an idea as to what happened? Sample Sanitised Crash Report: Process: SoftwareUpdateCheck [16198] Path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Software ...