Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Securely erasing data from OS X is easy. But is there a way to securely erase all logfiles (including the system logs contained in some database) without actually messing the system up?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Can't vouch as to whether this will muck up Mac OS X, but to securely delete the system logs, try this from command line:

sudo rm -P /var/log/*

(Mac OS X comes with the -P flag for rm which overwrites data 3 times - similar to shred IIRC)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.