Mac Tip Podcast – #030 – Crash Logs in Mac OS X

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Summary: ( In this episode of Mac Tip Podcast; Crash Logs in Mac OS X Download Episode: Click here ( Sponsors: GotoMeeting Hold your meetings online for just $49/mo. Try GoToMeeting FREE for 30 days. ( And by Hostgator with 99.9% uptime, 45 Day Money Back Guarantee and plans as low as $4.95. Visit for more Info ( Show Notes: Recently I had a problem with a game crashing. After I hit the OK button when trying to register the game the game would just disappear, not a thing in the dock or any tasks running JUST GONE. In trying to find out what was making the Game repeatedly crash, I wanted to find out what was going on. There are 2 ways to find this out The first is Console This is found in Applications > Utilities. The Console tells you a just a little about what happened when the App crashed. It will tell you the time and date, The PID, and the Crash message. Like it said not much. There is a full crash log that tells you EVERYTHING in which happened when the app crashed. You can find the log by Opening Finder. Click "Go" in the menu, then select "Go to Folder". Type this path into the Finder dialog: ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ All one word. Now click the Go button. The Finder will open the folder containing all the crash logs for you mac. Look for a the crash file with the name of the app and the date field that looks like the most recent. On opening, it will show you the name of an app, path, version, date, time, Bunch of gobble gook, and a bunch of other stuff. Most of which that is in the file, maybe junk to you. But to some one like developers or programmers, they my want to look at this file to find out why their app is misbehaving on your mac. This file is gold to these guys and gals, so don't feel bad if you cant read it. You also want to Make an archive of the log before sending it to to the developer of the app, It makes their lives a little bit easier if they loose the log. This can be done by right-clicking (or Ctrl+clicking) the crash log file and selecting duplicate. Copy that duplicate to another folder or hard disk and your done. And that going to do it for this episode of Mac Tip Podcast I hope you enjoyed it The music for this podcast, preformed by Professor Kliq ( and our announced by Josh Philpott If you have any comments, questions or tips? Please leave a comment on the Web site or send them to ( can also leave a voice mail on my hot-line (304) 449-4335 Twitter users can follow the show at ( If you used iTunes to download this show, Please write a review it helps get this show in the ranks of all the other great Mac Podcasts out there Thank you and Stay Subscribed