Recently, I've started to run out of space on my startup disk. I used Disk Inventory X to identify large files that could be removed. It seems that the kernel*.log files have become GB in size (one was 60GB+).
To fix the problem, I delete the files, restart (to release locks), then empty the trash.
Is this a normal behavior for these log files? Is there anything that I can do to prevent these from becoming so large? Might their size be associated with certain types of usage (e.g. VPN)?
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There are a number of files that follow this pattern: kernel.log[.0-5][.bz2]. They are ~20MB in size. Apparently, this issue is period and difficult to reproduce.
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I upgraded my OS to Lion. We'll see if this addresses the problem. I'll post the results.