Deciphering Mac OS X crash logs

Feb 27, 2007 - Leave a Comment

Mac OS X is wonderfully stable as an operating system, and although most software is written well, not all code is created equal. Crashing is just a fact of computing life and it frustrates us all, so it’s helpful to be able to pinpoint the cause of the problem. While the causes of some crashes are obvious, others are not, and this is when reading the Mac OS X crash logs can be so useful.

First off, you’ll want to launch Console, located in /Applications/Utilities/ and navigate the side menu as shown in the screenshot below, expanding ~/Library/Logs and CrashReporter. Once this is open, check out this helpful tutorial from MacFixIt on deciphering the logs:

MacFixIt: An introduction to reading Mac OS X crash reports


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