There are some files on your Mac that are very valuable, but it’s likely that most Mac users have never seen them. They’re log files.
Mac OS X creates a gazillion and 12 log files. Startup. Maintenance. Crashes. And much more. Looking at log files is an exercise in total geek, yet the files can give you plenty of important information. If only there were a way to view those files.
From Ugly To Sensible
Your Mac stores plenty of useful information in log files. Finding the information in logs is the easy part. Making sense of what’s in the logs is the challenge.
Inside your Applications > Utilities folder is an app named Console.
That’s the first and easy way most Mac users check log files. Console simply reads the log file and displays it on screen.
However, the log files themselves are not easy to understand and it’s not always obvious which Mac app generated the log files in the first place.
Here’s what Console looks like with some log files open.
Exciting, huh? Preferences in Console are nominal. You can receive an alert whenever a log is updated (which is often). Making sense of the logs requires effort. The hierarchical menu to the left lets you scour your Mac for log files, but there is an easier way.
Enter Log Leech Laughing
Like many on the Mac360 staff, I’m a sucker for one-trick pony apps, and apps with an interesting logo. That’s Log Leech. Basically, it leeches on to your Mac’s logs, and gives you more information than Console.
Compare images? One is Greek, the other other is more interesting and usable Greek.
Doesn’t all that log clarity just make you want to latch on to Log Leech, and give it a spin on your Mac?
Log Leech helps you understand what’s going on inside your Mac by giving you a few tools. The first is the ability to group log messages by app.
That makes it easier to scan specific log entries for anomalies.
That’s also when the fun begins. Log Leech gives you plenty of filters so the log data is only what you want to see. If an app on your Mac crashed, you can see the log details.
If someone is trying to break into your Mac via the software firewall, all the details are recorded in the logs. All in all, Log Leech is merely eye candy for your Mac’s logs; quicker and easier to use than Console, and a big time saver if you want to get all geeky about logs.
Besides, who can resist a Mac app with a great name, a cool icon, and affordable