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10.4: Clear old Console logs from 10.4 upgrade installs
Authored by: TigerKR on Oct 03, '05 07:14:39PM

Quote: "I'm not sure how safe it would be to delete some of these files... Hopefully no third party apps choke on removal."

Removing inactive log files (as described in this hint) should be perfectly safe, because unlike a configuration, preference, or receipt file - a log file is (supposed to be) simply a one-way, non-interactive, repository for output (that is usually never read by the everyday user). To the best of my knowledge, a log file is not something that any programs should use for configuration what-so-ever.

Bonus funny TigerKR is stupid story:

I found this tip because I use a Konfabulator widget to display the last ten lines of my system.log and my console.log files (and to refresh every so often). Even though I glance at the output (which resides on a second monitor) fairly regularly, it took me 2+ months to notice that the date was wrong and the output hadn't moved for the console.log file! Since I saw changes in the system.log output, I just didn't notice that the console.log file hadn't moved.

: - )

Hey, I'm right 90% of the time, so why worry about the other 3% of the time.

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