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

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blank Parental Controls log display

After setting up a managed user on my daughter's laptop [2008 macbook pro, OSX 10.9.1], I tested that application and website logging worked - I was able to go into Parental Controls, bring up the ...
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How to log login and logout on Mavericks?

I would like to know when I logged in and out on my mac. Is it possible?
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Is there a way to log outbound HTTP requests that pass through my Airport Extreme?

My wireless router is an Airport Extreme. I would like to log all outbound HTTP requests (leaving my Mac for an internet web server) for later review. Is that possible?
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What debug information is available on iOS

Is there any logs that would give (for example) some indication of what caused Unable to connect to X errors when trying to connect to a Wifi hotspot, with iOS 7.x? The seeming lack of information as ...
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Why is my 'launchd' task not responding to changes in watched files?

I have a launchd task that is not triggering when a file changes, and can't figure out why it's failing. When I load the .plist below with launchctl load /Users/Rax/Library/LaunchAgents/com....
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What is the max number of SMS & MMS messages that the iphone can store?

iOS currently has a limit of 100 phone calls that can be stored in the call log. Is there a similar limit for SMS or MMS messages? If so, what it is? Where is this documented?
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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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Monitor if users accessed my Mac when sharing was open to all?

I had opened sharing to everyone on my Mac as a "temporary" experiment to exchange files with another Mac. I forgot, and later that night when I went to shut down, the Mac reported that 2 users were ...
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Launchd script's output not being logged to system.log

Sample script: #!/bin/bash echo "Hello?" ... (other things) When run via launchd, it definitely runs (the other things are being done) but nothing shows up in system.log. I'm running OS 10.9. I ...
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks Update Causes Non-Stop Kernel Panics

I have a 2009 iMac that I just upgraded to 10.9 OSX Mavericks and after migrating my old software over, my computer is having random kernel panics within 5 minutes of being booted up. Can anyone find ...
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Where does Transmission store logs for called scripts?

Transmission has an option to run a shell script when a file finishes downloading. I'm wondering where to look for logs for it – it seems like it only executes half of my script but can't figure out ...
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Get a warning messages on system logs ?

I started for some reason OSX's Log console and just found out someone was attacking me with ssh connexion's I had over 500 of these messages (just the user name was chaging) in 5 minutes : 23/09/...
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Mountain Lion Screen Freeze

My Mountain Lion is keeps freezing from few weeks, today it freezes/crashed couple of times already. Here is the log before the big freeze (file /var/log/system.log): SIMBL Enabler for Sandboxed ...
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Is there a detailed activity log on Mac OS X that lists my recent commands and actions?

How can I see what I just did on my computer? For example, an activity log showing that I copied a file from here to there?
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Notification Center errors filling up /var/log/system.log

Once per second I'm getting the following errors in my system.log: Aug 28 01:15:00 Air com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[122] (com.apple.notificationcenterui.agent[52635]): Exited with code: 1 Aug 28 01:...
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Spammed Log Message involving pam_sm_authenticate and Kerberos

Every minute this is logged in my system.log: Aug 19 12:20:00 server.local java[66]: in pam_sm_authenticate(): Got user: andrew Aug 19 12:20:00 server.local java[66]: in pam_sm_authenticate(): Got ...
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Does OS X Keep A Log Of Downloaded Files On My Mac?

Does OS X make a record or log of every file that has ever been downloaded on my Mac. Is there any reason to view them (or even delete them) ?
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Is it safe to delete system logs?

I'm using DaisyDisk to clean my hard drive and it is showing nearly 8GB of files in /private/var/log/asl. Are those files safe to delete?
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Can ThreadSafe errors for ScriptingAdditions be eliminated without deleting the addition files?

I've the following errors in my system log when running e.g. Pages: Aug 4 19:06:50 Pages[9751]: Performance: Please update this scripting addition to supply a value for ThreadSafe for each event ...
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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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Why is there a AnonymousIdentifier_AD7E5BED-EF7F-59A7-856F-6984BE798469.plist file in CrashReporter folder?

I found a file AnonymousIdentifier_AD7E5BED-EF7F-59A7-856F-6984BE798469.plist in my /Library/Application Reporter/CrashReporter folder. The content of that plist included a dictionary with key ...
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Is there a user-friendly app that can create an archive of system.log files and the like?

Background I have this command to create a temporary collection of selected log files – sudo tar -czf $TMPDIR/archive\ of\ install.log\ and\ system.log\ files\ only.tgz --options='compression-level=...
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Is there any way to view the names of files from before iTunes renamed them?

So here's my sad story guys. I'm a songwriter and I have a ton of audio files on my computer. I spent the last week or so going through them all (some were in iTunes, some were scattered across the HD)...
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Does the Airport Extreme log MAC addresses of devices that attempt to connect?

I recently had a burglar enter my home and take a number of items and I am chasing a long shot in catching him. I am hoping that the burglar had a smartphone that, when he entered the home, attempted ...
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Can I tell who used iTunes on my iMac to sync while I was away?

Is there any way to see who used iTunes from my iMac with USB connection? Actually i want to see iTunes logs when someone get connected, synchronized or used my books?
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Dmesg shows no timestamp

The sudo dmesg command works fine, but shows no timestamp. Is there any way to get it to show the timestamps as well?
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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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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]: -[...