Archive for December, 2010

OS X Terminal slow to bring up a prompt?

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Today I was in the middle of some tasks and needed a bash shell. Naturally, I fired up the from OS X and waited….. and waited….  The window popped up but the bash prompt didn’t come up, it just stayed there with one character blinking at me. It took forever for the prompt to appear, it seemed like a few minutes but was probably more like 20 seconds. You know how time scales depending on how busy you are. Fed up with that, I goggled [1][2][3] around to see what if anyone else has had similar problems.

It turns out there’s a well known solution to the problem:

sudo rm -f /private/var/log/asl/*.asl

The speculation is the that a build up of log files causes the terminal app to continually slow down when opening a new prompt. After deleting the log files and opening a new terminal window the prompt appears immediately. I hadn’t noticed this behavior before Snow Leopard so it looks like apple forgot to clear something out on a regular basis or added a new check. In either case, it’s annoying.


WordCamp Austin, 2010

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

I was able to attend WordCamp Austin this past weekend. It was the first time I’d been to a WordPress conference so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. It turned out to be small but very well run conference with several interesting topics.  For this post I am going to review my notes from the conference and highlight the items or topics that I thought were interesting.

WordCamps are typically small 1-day conferences held all over the world focusing on WordPress related topics. For any given weekend there are likely several conferences being held. The big problem is that the camps almost always sellout before the first speaker is even scheduled. So you you either have to be ‘in the know’ about what are the good WordCamps or take your luck of the draw as to whether the camp will be right for you. I was afraid that the conference would be too flufy (i.e. topics like how to build a community, or just using WordPress) instead of technical topics. It turned out that most of the presentations were at least mildly technical with very few covering topics of just how to use WordPress. It seemed to be a direct match with the audience. I’d say that if you feel you’re a programmer you’re probably not going to get the most of out these conferences. Technical concepts are not covered in depth as you would expect from other communities.

With that said, I’m a newb to the WordPress community. I’ve built a few themes for my self (i.e. this blog) and a few others. So take what’s said here with a grain of salt from an outsider’s perspective.