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

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Is there a lower level log of USB activity than Console.app or system.log?

I'm plugging in a USB device which should be a USB/serial adapter. In addition to it not seeming to work, plugging and unplugging it produces absolutely no output in Console.app or /var/log/system.log....
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How can I find out which process was stopped by RansomWhere?

I use RansomWhere, a tool to protect from ransomware. I have OS X Yosemite. As far as I understand, RansomWhere just warns me whenever an app tries to encrypt data. It's up to the user to judge ...
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Collecting All Clients logs every night

We have a financial institution we are bring on as a client running on Mac's. The are looking to collect all the system logs from each computer every night and keep each for 90 days. I have seen ...
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List connected USB device record

Basically the other day I left my macbook unattended at a coffee shop while I stepped out for a smoke. I feel as if I had something exfiltrated from it while I was outside. To cure my paranoia, I am ...
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Last command source file

Despite what I thought, there does not seem to be any concrete/modern answer on the net, so my question is: where does the last command get its information from? I have found the file before, but ...
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How create an identical timestamp format as used in ppp.log file in a shell script?

In the need to add custom logging messages to ppp.log, I see that the date and time are missing when outputting the command to >> /var/log/ppp.log. Other pppd related messages in ppp.log are ...
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How do I access my private browsing history?

I'm trying to recover some pages that I had open when my macbook (OSX 10.8.5) crashed. Unfortunately I was using Opera (V30) in private browsing mode. I've tried looking at my DNS cache - but not ...
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How to get Time Machine to include files in /var/log in a backup

I have Apache2 web access logs that are created in /var/log/apache2/ that I want to preserve forever so that a web statistics analyser can process them and show me how page hits are changing over a ...
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Monitor DNS queries by IP

I'm running DNS on a Mac Server V2.4. I want to log all DNS queries made - is there a way of doing this? TCPdump only shows me whats happening at a moment in time and is difficult to read, what other ...
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OS X 10.9.x failed login attempts previous days

I have found some answers on here but need to check something. Is there a way to check the failed login attempts form previous days? I have tried: var/log/secure.log but that only gives me results ...
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Troubleshooting the spinning wait cursor or spinning disc pointer

I have a mid 2009 MBP with Mavericks and am increasingly seeing the spinning wait cursor or spinning disc pointer - how do I try to troubleshoot what might be happening? Indeed, in what situations ...
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Where does Applescript Event Log go when run under Launchd?

Or, how to log from an AppleScript (saved as application) and/or view the Event Log? None of the AppleScript's log statements can be found. I have tried adding the following to the launchd plist: &...
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Why are my crash logs disappearing?

My mid-2010 MacBook Pro was diagnosed with the infamous nVidia graphics card defect (I went to an AppleStore two weeks ago, they ran the video system test, and it failed), and since it manifested ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Apple Push Notification Service Daemon (Segmentation Faults and Errors in /var/log/system.log ?) (com.apple.aps/ApplePushService)

I'm seeing a many various (about 159+) Apple Push Notification Service Daemon (com.apple.apsd) Segmentation Faults and Errors in /var/log/system.log ? What typically causes these? I've tried to clean ...
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macOS password prompt

on macOS catalina,how to determine the name of the app which prompts the user for password? Are there any logs generated which stores the historical information about such .
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Where are OS-level crash reports stored? [duplicate]

I have a machine that has some intermittent rebooting. When it restarts, I get the familiar dialog to report this to Apple. I don't always remember to save the details of the crash. I'm sure that ...
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Catalina disconnecting SMB shares from Synology NAS during the night. How to troubleshoot?

I have an issue since upgrading Mojave to Catalina (10.15.5): my Mac disconnects all SMB shares mounted from a Synology NAS during the night and without any user interaction. It only happens when my ...
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Logging wrong password attempts even with right one

Found this answer for logging wrong password attempts, and it works kind of. This is what I get from one correct attempt: log stream --predicate '(eventMessage CONTAINS "Authentication failed&...
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How to check when an iPhone X has been booted before its last boot?

Is there a way to see when an iPhone has been booted before its last boot? I have a regular iPhone X with current iOS. Are there any log files available? I tried some Apps in the AppStore that pretend ...
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What is log message `Failed to remove attribute… “Operation not permitted”` during Time Machine backup?

When my macOS laptop does Time Machine backups, I see in the log a pattern of error messages reading, Failed to remove attribute '…' from 'file:///', error: Error Domain=NSPOSIXErrorDomain Code=1 "...
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How to get a call log for hang ups on my iphone

First, in case it's relevant to the answer, here are the environment particulars: iPhone 10 / ios 13.4 / AT&T / PC Second, the specific question: How do I get a call log for inbound hang up calls;...
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What caused my system to hang overnight?

I returned to my computer in the morning, and the screen didn't turn on when I press any key. There was no response, but the computer was on (warm). The computer was locked but awake when I left it in ...
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Find specific logs about SCEP Server (unable to contact)

In my IT Environment, we enroll macOS systems with an MDM solution provider instance. During the enrollment process (using the Safari Web Browser Application and using a specific Enrollment URL), the ...
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Log Handoff Activity on my mac to a file

Im trying to find out where to start to log all the Handoff activity that comes to my MAC from my kids iphones. Ive looked at the documentation, but its geared more towards how to implement handoff ...
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Are open and close events of all applications logged in iPhone

I want to see what time I have opened and closed a particular app on my iPhone. Where can I review this type of time stamped data from iOS?
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Two-step verification history

When you enable two-step verification, Apple sends you verification codes via a temporary SMS. Seeing as it doesn’t get saved with your other text messages, is there any way to access a log of these ...
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name of my macbook air changed automatically [duplicate]

i noticed that the name of my macbook air in terminal changed automatically to "homepc" This is the log of the console with the exact timeline it happened: NetworkServiceProxy.framework/Versions/A/...
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Finding cause of “Path not allowed in target domain” error

This error just started showing up in my log in the last few days. The only software installed, or update recently was the addition of a Wacom tablet. Everything appears to be working properly but I ...
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2012 iMac: Stalling on boot (macOS Mojave 10.14.5) External SSD. Display Issue?

Adding more detail: This is late 2012 iMac (13,2) with 128GB original internal NVMe but with new Samsung EVO 860 1TB SSD. I used to be able to talk to it via target disk mode (where I erased drives) ...
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Is there a way to see when an application was launched? [duplicate]

Is there a way to see when an application was launched? I need to restore some tabs that were open in my browser when I launched it several weeks ago (it is still running) and I want to look in the ...
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AppleScript : Track change (time tracking)

I have an app which display the number of minutes passed within a specific status for e.g I'm online now since 102 min , the result of my script return {"Online for 102:40"} How can I get the value ...
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Read old/previous/past console log entries from an iPhone

I know there are plenty of ways to receive real-time log messages from an iPhone - e.g. the Console app on a Mac, Apple Configurator, and cfgutil syslog. But is there a way to look back at older ...
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Check log files for file transfer [duplicate]

I would like if there is a way to capture in a log file all the transfer file activities in a given time period. Let me give you an example. Let's say that on 16 Aug 2017 13:35 I copy/move a file/...
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Clear logs for specific apps?

I am running my boot drive off a SSD. I'm paying attention to try to keep it from filling up, and sorting folders by size, I notice the library/application support folder has logs generated by ...
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OSX System Logs: What would a port scan look like?

Im considering programming a script to scan a system log in search for an entry indicative of a port scan, in doing so, potentially giving me a heads-up if anyone is taking interest in me. I already ...
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Is it possible to tell if a Macbook hard drive was booted internally versus externally (usb, firewire, etc.)?

Is it possible to tell from system.log or other logs whether a macbook pro hard drive was booted internally or taken out and booted externally (from USB, for example) ? I'm thinking the "BSD root" or "...
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Periodic freezes - possibly related to CoreAnimation?

For many months, I have experienced occasional lockups on my Macbook Pro 8,2 running OSX 10.9.2. Actually, I had what I assume was a related problem in 10.8. I have the 2.3GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB ...
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ntpd unable to create socket on en0

I have a mac mini running OS X Server (Mavericks, 10.9.1 - latest Server.app) and I keep getting these error messages in them system logs every few minutes. I am not sure if there is a real problem or ...
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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 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 can one start a process and monitor its syslog messages?

I would like to start a process and monitor its LOG_DEBUG syslog messages. I know that I can change the filter of an already running process with syslog -c process (and then monitor its messages with ...
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very noisy Tweetbot messages in Console app (GUI) - where is the log location on disk (path)?

Tweetbot generates very much log entries (debug log?) in Console.app. What's the source of those logs? I didn't find a Tweetbot log file.
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Macbook Pro booting time is slow, can someone decode the system.log excerpts in the description to check if this is a software problem?

So for a month or so my MB has been considerably slow at booting. I tried the OS X hardware test, and the results were fine. Could this be a problem of the hard drive or battery? I don't know. I ...

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