Wednesday, June 10th, 2009...11:20 am
Disable spindump on OS X to prevent system slowdowns
Every notice how slow and sluggish your OS X Leopard system can be after an application crash?
This is probably because of the spindump utility that OS X launches to create crash and “hang” reports located in /Library/Logs/HangReporter.
This is all fine and good, but spindump has an annoying habit of thrashing your system disk and eating up a sizable chunk of RAM. Personally, the MAJOR annoyance isn’t worth the aggravation just to get a useless “hang” report like the following.
Date/Time: 2008-07-09 16:33:26 -0400 OS Version: 10.5.4 (Build 9E17) Architecture: i386 Report Version: 4 Command: Skitch Path: /Applications/Skitch.app/Contents/MacOS/Skitch Version: 1.0b6.2 (1.0b6.2 (v10678)) Parent: launchd  PID: 377 Event: hang Time: 7.75s Steps: 1
I’m sure there are many ways to disable this utility, but here is a quick an easy method I used to prevent the “sluggishness” after an app crash
sudo -i cd /usr/sbin mv spindump spindump.disabled ln -s /usr/bin/true /usr/sbin/spindump