My asl log folder has filled up my hard-drive. I have done extensive research regarding how to fix this problem. But I am stuck: I cannot delete these asl files. I do not have sufficient administrative privileges to delete them. And I cannot set my account to have administrative root privileges, though I am the administrator user of the computer. I have no idea why. Part of the problem is that I do not have the install dvd that came with the computer (bought it off of ebay). I am ordering OS 10.6 hoping that installing it will take care of the problem. Do you have any ideas about gaining administrative privileges so that I can erase the asl log files that are filling up my hard-drive?
Try the Unix forum under OS X Technologies. Too complicated? Then, maybe you shouldn't be mucking with that stuff. To gain root admin privileges, you proceed each command with sudo. You don't need the startup discs (whatever you mean by those), nor do you need to enable the root user account.
I muckity mucked around and fixed it. It was fun to muck around. I should muck around more often. Thanks for your suggestions. I am upgrading to 10.6, hoping that will take care of the issue of the crazy asl folder filling up with large log files.
Upgrading and expecting that to fix things usually results in a disaster. However, since you enjoy the mucking, go to it. Suggest that you make a bootable backup/clone of your currently mucked installation, so you can return to where you're at in case the upgrade doesn't work as desired.