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MacOS X a dog or just in need of a good bitch slap?

Dr Phred's Avatar Picture Dr Phred (Moderator) – December 10, 2007 03:05PM Reply Quote
Can't keep a good topic down....

owned by the mothership.

Benton Ellis – May 27, 2008 10:22AM Reply Quote
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.
Permissions problems??

Dr. Strangelove – May 27, 2008 10:30AM Reply Quote
I thought about permissions, but they look fine. I'm the owner of both console.log and its directory, and I have read and write access.

system.log seems fine. In looking at the logs though, I notice that mail.log hasn't been touched since March 20 either. All the other logs are up to date.

It's possible that March 20 is the date I updated from Tiger to Leopard; I did a straight upgrade. This is probably a side effect. Is there some daemon that should be running or some process I can look for?

Benton Ellis – May 27, 2008 03:11PM Reply Quote
Do not mistake temptation for opportunity.
I did an "archive and install" of Leopard in December 2007. I don't even have a "console.log" file (should reside in /Library/Logs/Console/username I think, but that directory doesn't exist on my system.) Oddly enough my /var/log/mail.log file stopped being updated on March 19, 2008. That was the release date of Security Update 2008-002 so it may be related to that. I'm guessing that the mail.log file is not related to Mail.app, but to the mail daemon (maild?). Is this daemon even needed on a normal client Mac OS X install? Help us here one of you Unix gurus cause I'm out of my realm of knowledge.

John Willoughby – May 27, 2008 05:29PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I think that the system and console logs use the unix user ids, not user names. so /501 or /502 etc.

Mokers (Moderator) – May 27, 2008 10:34PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin

Dr. Strangelove – May 28, 2008 10:09AM Reply Quote
Thanks Mokers, I was thinking something like that was the case after I looked at my home machine and saw the same thing.

I have always looked at console.log by going to "About this Mac" and then "More Info...". Unfortunately, that view doesn't show the Console Messages that are visible in Console.app, just the old console.log.

ddt – May 28, 2008 04:54PM Reply Quote
okay, so my xp install on boot camp (beta, with 10.4.11) has drivers screwed up -- two devices are mapped to COM port 3 and none of the normal changes to it stick. not deletions, not reassigning. so i can't pull data off a device as i could before.

was going to reinstall xp and start fresh, but now when i'm booting from the install cd, it gets to an early point and gives me a weird error message (which i forgot to write down). no key presses get me out of it -- have to hold down the power button on my macbook. what would happen if i start the whole boot camp process from scratch, deleting and setting up a new boot camp partition? i really don't want to lose the os x partition and data.

my other thought was buying leopard and installing that, which might what, update boot camp from beta?


El Jeffe – May 28, 2008 06:26PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
did you use one with SP2 INCLUDED on the disk? You can't install it afterwards. Though, my first try DID work, but no go on SP2 from disk. So, I blew it away and got a rightful XP+SP2.

ddt – May 28, 2008 06:33PM Reply Quote
which one what? os x disk? have got an xp pro sp2 disk.


El Jeffe – May 28, 2008 06:51PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
that's good, then.

Did anyone else update to 10.5.3 yet? I just did.

Madaracs – May 28, 2008 07:17PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I did last night on the MacMinis. No problems yet.

John Willoughby – May 29, 2008 12:00PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I'm on 10.5.3 and nothing has exploded yet.

Dave Loudin – May 29, 2008 03:05PM Reply Quote
Not even the penguin on top of your television?

John Willoughby – May 29, 2008 09:36PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support

rino – May 29, 2008 10:23PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.

John Willoughby – May 30, 2008 02:14AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I panicked.

ddt – May 30, 2008 05:23PM Reply Quote
okay, i upgraded to leopard with no problem on my intel macbook, booted from the install disk and erased the borked windows partition (but kept the partition). booted with the xp install disk, which prepped, asked to reboot -- so i rebooted back to the xp install disk, and it gives me a "disk error" message and i have to press and hold the power button to shut down the machine. any ideas?


rino – May 30, 2008 09:01PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Boy that burns on the way out don't it?!

The Dryad – May 30, 2008 10:41PM Reply Quote
DDT, it has something to do with the disk formatting you are choosing when doing the XP install. I can't remember which is the proper disk formatting to choose, but something is telling me 'don't use quick format'.

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