Mining the OSX Console for Fun and Profit

Well... Fun? Yes (if you're a geek). Profit? Not very likely but if you search long enough who knows? :-)

I rarely open the OSX Console app. This morning, while waiting for a call, I did and found this cry for help from Firefox:

11.1.31 9:25:12 [0x0-0xbb0bb].org.mozilla.firefox[2734] SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN

In fact I found dozens of them. Intrigued I started looking for other messages. Chrome, it seemed, was having problems of a more existential nature.

11.1.31 9:34:37 [0x0-0x2a42a4][12790] objc[12794]: Class CrApplication is implemented in both [...] and [...]. One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

As long as one of them's used that's OK right?

Pages should really know better.

11.1.31 8:58:43 Pages[12487] *** WARNING: Method setDrawsGrid: in class NSTableView is deprecated. It will be removed in a future release and should no longer be used.


11.1.30 17:56:04 AppleMobileBackup[8848] WARNING: Backing up bf6f8237f787cbf4206d1e107b24aacd55c44b5b

Hmmm... Does MDRP phone home when you rip a DVD? Kind of: by default it will "Anonymously report rip statistics" but you can turn this behavior off in its preferences. I don't think this should preference should be checked by default but I like the fact that MDRP is at least logging this activity.

The most common message I saw? Variations of this one:

11.1.29 1:12:15 <Many Different Programs Here>[229] Can't open input server /Users/[...]/Library/InputManagers/Edit in TextMate

It seemed as if everyone was complaining about TextMate (I know, I should move to Vim, it's on the list...). Fortunately, there's a solution.

After scanning a day's worth of logs I decided I had better things to do!