On 22/05/04 21:19, "b" <fl1pper at earthlink.net> wrote: > Kim Gammelgaard paused, thought it over, and spoke thusly: > >> Hehe Flipper, well, it is only done in a couple of seconds because it is the >> wrong command, hence nothing happens at all. >> >> In order for it to work, you should do a >> >> Sudo periodic daily; sudo periodic monthly; sudo periodic weekly >> >> Instead. >> >> I put weekly at the end, as it is the one taking the most time, up to >> several minutes actually. >> >> Cheers, >> >> Kim > > hehe, I 'piped' 'em. And a look at the log shows the step-by-step of > the file trashig that occurs under each process. But yeah, the weekly > takes a bit longer. > > ~flipper I am not quite certain what you mean, Flippper, Your suggestion results in nothing on my PB and on any other 10.3 machine I have nearby: >> Or open Terminal, and at the prompt, type: >> >> periodic -daily -weekly -monthly <hit return> usually >> finished in a couple seconds. The only file updated in the /var/log-folder is the mail.out, that shows the errors trying to send the output (periodics default way is to send the log, not record it.), and they look like this: May 22 21:51:20 Kims-PowerBook postfix/local: 967C91B93F6: to=<hBweekly_output at Kims-PowerBook.local>, orig_to=<hBweekly_output>, relay=local, delay=0, status=bounced (unknown user: "hbweekly_output") None of the real logfiles, daily.out, weekly.out or monthly.out are written to at all. First of all, you have to be root or equivalent to run the various scripts, so you have to use "sudo". If you are logged in as root it should do too, but I would warn very much against doing so! Don't ever log in as root if you don't absolutely have to! You may of course also just have altered the permissions of various folders, so that the scripts will run for you without need to be root, but that is as bad or perhaps even worse. Second, there is no "-" in front of the arguments, look at man periodic, if you wish. Finally, you have a very good point, instead of your periodic -daily -weekly -monthly <hit return> use: sudo periodic daily weekly monthly <hit return and supply password> I didn't realize that you could supply several arguments for periodic, but it sure works! (man periodic shows it of course, but I never went to look :-)) Btw. Sudo periodic weekly takes 7-10 minutes on my PB, so if yours is only taking a little longer than a few seconds, I guess I know why ;-) Pipping on the other hand is something different, like in grep Rotating /var/log/monthly.out|wc -l Where the output from the grep command is piped into wc using the pipe-character(option-i). It is not just supplying a longer set of arguments to the same command. Cheers, Kim P.S. Ordinary users should probably just stick with Macaroni, Onyx or MacJanitor.