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Checking The Kernel Panic Logs
Posted By: Byron Hinson
Last Updated: February 12th 2003
Tip Difficulty Level: Novice

 

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If you get a message that tells you (in several languages) that "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button," you just got what is called a kernel panic. It is Mac OS X's equivalent of a system crash. As the message states, you need to restart. New in Jaguar, after a kernel panic occurs, details of what happened are recorded in the panic.log file in /Library/Logs. In general, the contents of this log file will only be intelligible to developers, helping them to debug the cause of the panic. However, if you are technically-inclined, check out this Apple document which explains what the log text means:

http://developer.apple.com/technotes/tn2002/tn2063.html.

Mac OS X Disaster Relief, Updated Edition copyright 2003 by Ted Landau, published by Peachpit Press. Used with the permission of Pearson Education and Peachpit Press. To purchase this book, visit http://www.peachpit.com

 

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