Prevent SkyMACMate software from filling console.log

Jun 07, '07 07:30:01AM

Contributed by: ggraff

It is a pretty well known bug that those who use SkyMACMate to allow Skype to connect to regular phones have their hard drives fill up with gigabytes of data written to the console.log file by the SkMACMate software.

For a while, I kept Console open and cleared the log every other day or so. This sort of worked, but eventually the Mac's performance slow dramatically. I tried to configure an AppleScript to clear the log, with no success. Then one day, while just fiddling around, I launched Tiger Cache Cleaner (TCC) and told it to "Clean System Log Archives." I thought that if that if it cleared the console.log file, I could let TCC automatically do that every day.

What ends up happening is that, if the Console app is open, TCC does away with the log and the entry for the console.log file just displays "Log File Does not exist," and nothing gets written to it. I have let this run for several weeks now, with no ill effects -- SkyMACMate runs fine, my hard drive does not fill up, and the slowdown has stopped.

Seems like an inelegant workaround, but until SkyMACMate fixes their flaw, this seems to work.

[robg adds: I don't use SkyMACMate, so I can't confirm the log file issue, however it was raised by another macosxhints reader in the comments to this article.]

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