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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Safari the Slug

It's been a hint at many a mac site, but I think it bears repeating. If Safari is spending more time spinning a rainbow pizza than rendering pages for you, try the Reset Safari option in the Safari menu. You will lose your history, your cookies, your google searches, and probably your first-born. But it worked for me.


  • I was fortunate, in that I only lost my cat.

    By Jon, at 11:07 AM  

  • "It also removes any saved names and passwords..."

    Will this affect web site passwords that I have saved in my keychain? I can reset anything else, but not this.

    By Michael Z., at 5:30 PM  

  • It will delete all your keychain info. There is no way of saving it with safari before-hand either.

    The only other thing i can think of is to search for a safari cache cleaner, that might do the job for you.

    By steve, at 11:34 PM  

  • Wow, that's a very dangerous command. I have dozens of passwords going back years stored up in my keychain.

    I wonder if I can back up the keychain in another directory, reset Safari, then restore it.

    I'm eager to do a reset, because Safari has slowed down lately, but I don't dare even do any testing until I've got more info. In the mean time, I'll look for a cache cleaner program.

    By Michael Z., at 8:33 AM  

  • Execute this:

    find $HOME/Library/Safari/Icons -type f -atime +7 -name "*.cache" -delete

    This will delete any icons from your icon cache that haven't been used in the last 7 days. This will produce a significant speedup in most cases.

    Better yet, stick it in your crontab to run once a day. Or switch to OmniWeb or Firefox.

    By Jerry, at 1:23 PM  

  • The icon cache was not the culprit in my sluggishness, that I know for sure. Could it really be that I had too many saved passwords? That would be incredibly lame.

    By Patrick, at 10:34 PM  

  • after resetting Safari I lost all data in my address book. is there a way to restore it

    By N.abboud, at 4:20 AM  

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