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Old Apr 24th, 2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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Spontaneous restart

Afternoon all,

My Mac Mini restarted all by itself. No user input or power outage.

Check Activity Monitor (couldn't make head or tail of it) and ran its System Diagnostics.

It was the first time I've done that and it gave me a .gz file.

What do I do with that?

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Old Apr 25th, 2020, 10:30 AM   #2
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What year is your Mini? Seems I once read somewhere that Apple builds in this action when the Mini is a 2011 model or older to spur upgrades to a newer OS.
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Old Apr 25th, 2020, 12:05 PM   #3
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It was the first time I've done that and it gave me a .gz file.

What do I do with that?

What was the name of the .gz file and did you try opening it with a text editor such as the free BBEdit, Text Wrangler or TextEdit???




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What was the name of the .gz file and did you try opening it with a text editor such as the free BBEdit, Text Wrangler or TextEdit???




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.gz is a compressed file; it will be gibberish and quite possibly too huge to open in an editor.


The system diagnostics file is generally provided to support, typically when they request it. There won't be anything of much interest in it to most people. It's actually a collection of generated diagnostic files and directories.
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