Hm, due to some popups that was a premature sending... Mea culpa
> > I don't really know how to use those files and so like to know how to
> > stop populating them. or at least control the number and size of them.
> Used for: disaster recovery / replay modifications on backup, or
> replication afaik.
> Days kept: expire_log_days:
> Max size: max_binlog_size:
(this is per file)
> > I'm running os x 10.6.8, mysql Server version: 5.1.61-log MySQL
> > Community Server (GPL)
> > I tried comment out the line "log-bin=mysql-bin" and those
> > mysql-bin.xxxxxx files in the data directory. It causes mysql server
> > starting failure.
Don't just delete the bin-files. First start with log-bin=off (or no log-bin
declaration). If that fails to start your server, show us the actual error.