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How to View Logs from iPhone and iPad on a Mac

Jul 12, 2018 - 2 Comments
How to access iPhone and iPad logs on a Mac

The iPhone and iPad generate logs of some system activity, including app crashes and other potentially interesting or helpful data. By connecting an iOS device to a Mac, you can review those logs. Browsing through log data is generally only useful for developers and advanced users, either for troubleshooting or diagnostic purposes, but it may … Read More

How to Clear All User Log Files on a Mac

May 6, 2017 - 7 Comments

Mac OS has an elaborate application level logging system that monitors and logs various system level and app level functionality, including app crashes, problems, and internal errors within apps. Most of this logging information is only relevant to debugging and developer usage and has little practical usage to the average Mac user, but when you … Read More

How to View & Watch the Firewall Log in Mac OS X

Nov 24, 2015 - 6 Comments
View the application firewall log in Mac OS X with Console app

Users who have enabled the firewall in Mac OS X may find it useful to be view, read, and monitor the associated logs with the system firewall. As you’d expect, the app firewall logs show you what applications and processes have attempted to connect to the Mac, including accepted and refused connections. There are several … Read More

Make Console Easier to Read in Mac OS X with PID, Icons, & Bold View Options

Apr 20, 2015 - 4 Comments
Improved Console app view in Mac OS X

By default, the Mac OS X Console app view is quite simple, displaying events and logs in nothing but plain text, which makes it not very different from viewing system logs from the command line on a Mac. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re a Mac user who spends a fair amount of … Read More

How to Tell If Someone Was Using Your Mac

Feb 25, 2012 - 8 Comments
Find the last wake time

Although everyone should always password protect a Mac to prevent unauthorized use, not everyone does. Sometimes people share general logins, be it with a roommate, sibling, spouse or whoever else. Now, if you have ever wondered if someone was using your computer while you were away, there’s actually a pretty easy method to find out … Read More

Follow System & Kernel Logs from Command Line in Mac OS X

Apr 20, 2011 - 1 Comment
Mac OS X Console Logs from Command Line

If you’re troubleshooting some of the more difficult problems that you can have on a Mac, a good place to look are the System & Kernel Logs contained within Console app. But you can access the same OS X logs from the Terminal too.

Monitor iOS Console Activity on the iPhone and iPad from a Mac

Jan 31, 2011 - 3 Comments

We’ve talked about the iPhone Configuration Utility before, the enterprise iPhone management and setup tool, but there’s another nice feature in the app; the Console. This console allows you to see what activity is going on with iOS on an iPhone, Ipad, or iPod touch, just like the Console with system logs does on Mac … Read More

Deciphering Mac OS X Crash Logs

Feb 27, 2007 - Leave a Comment
Get help in Console app to begin understanding the messages and system logs available to Mac OS X

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 … Read More

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