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Mac OS X: Speed up Terminal.app startup

terminalBeing a sysadmin, I find myself in the terminal pretty frequently. And, since I’m using a Mac, I’m using the included Terminal.app. One thing that constantly annoys me is the fact that, the more you use the app, the more slowly it starts up. Like, there can be a ten second wait after the terminal window appears and you get an actual text prompt.

It turns out that the systems log files have to get dumped in order to alleviate this issue – to do so, simply enter the following:

sudo mv /private/var/log/asl/*.asl ~/.Trash

Honestly, it’s idiotic that I have to do this, but at least there’s a workaround.

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