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10.5: One fix for a runaway syslogd process
Authored by: Fillman on Feb 14, '08 06:36:23PM

I can also confirm that zapping the file asl.db fixed the problem. My file was about 2 months old and had grown to around 250Mb. The system log file was full of three line messages varying from seconds to a minute apart telling me that syslogd had a memory error.

com.apple.syslogd[1248]: syslogd(1248,0xa0750fa0) malloc: *** mmap(size=3095314432) failed (error code=12)
com.apple.syslogd[1248]: *** error: can't allocate region
com.apple.syslogd[1248]: *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug

One CPU has spent the last three months maxed out at 100%. I fixed this three days ago after 10.5.2 didn't fix it and I found this thread and syslogd has not complained since.

I also notice that the asl.db clears itself frequently now. The current file is less than 24 hours old so some daily task is doing its required cleanup job.

Happy again.....



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