7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2010 10:25 PM by baltwo
ouimetnick Level 2 Level 2
I know its probably been asked before, but I can't seem to find an answer. I downloaded 10.6.4, and its only partially downloaded, but it thinks its completely downloaded. So it won't install. I'm stuck with 10.6.2. Now I know I can go to Apple's site and download the combo update, but where are the files that software update downloads located? I want to delete the corrupted file, and have software update download it again, and install it. So in short, where are the files that software update downloads located? I want to delete them and try again.

I was told the following on another forum:

+There is a way: while downloading go to /private/var/+

+If you want to save some updates:+
+1 - run "softwareupdate --list" and you will end up with something like -+

+Software Update Tool+
+Copyright 2002-2010 Apple+

+Software Update found the following new or updated software:+
+* GBExtraContent-1.0+
+GarageBand Instruments and Apple Loops (1.0), 1170290K [recommended]+

+2 - extract the filename from the above details and run "softwareupdate --download GBExtraContent-1.0". I am downloading the additional garageband loops and I wish to store it locally as every time i re-build my laptop I have to download this again..just saves me a bit of time.+

+3 - Open activity monitor+

+4 - Double click on the Process Name "softwareupdate"+

+5 - Click on "Open Files and ports"+

+6 - Look for the filename that start with "/private/var/". This will be the name and location of the file you are downloading.+

+7 - open the location in the finder by selecting the "go to folder option" in your finder SHIFT-COMMAND-G and copy the file when its finished downloading.+

However this seems way to complicated. I just want to known what folder the downloads are stored in, so I can delete them and start over. Like something simple. EG: Macintosh HD > Library > and so on. Can someone give me the path starting with the hard drive, like in the example I made. Its really urgent, so I need an answer ASAP. Sorry to be annoying.


Message was edited by: ouimetnick

Dell Latitude D620, Apple MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010 Base Model, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB White with iOS 4.0.1
  • Fabdickson Level 1 Level 1
    Mac Hard Drive>Users>Downloads

    Also, If You Look In The Dock You Will See The "Downloads" Folder Next To The Trash. You Can Drag To The Trash From There Or Click The "Open In Finder" At The Top Of The "Fan".....
  • ouimetnick Level 2 Level 2
    The files aren't stored there. Its not the right path. The Software Update app has to download the files and store them somewhere.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    Normally, it stores those into a temporary directory, usually inside of /tmp, then it installs the requisite stuff, and deletes the temp stuff. Since yours got corrupted, it most likely autodeleted itself. However, it might have copied the plist and bom files associated with those updates into /var/db/receipts/, so open that and see if there are ones dated when you last ran SU. If so, delete them (requires admin authorization), restart, and run SU again or manually download the updates.
  • ouimetnick Level 2 Level 2
    Thanks, but how do I get to the /tmp folder? What about /var/db/receipts/? Can you give me a path? Like Macintosh HD > Library >?
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    Like, /var/db/receipts/ is the path. Click on the Desktop, select Go->Go To Folder and enter that path.
  • ouimetnick Level 2 Level 2
    Can I delete everything in that folder? Or will it mess up the computer? Also, I think the Updates that are downloaded are stored in Macintosh HD > Library > Updates. It showed a combo 10.6.4 update there.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9
    No. You can only delete items that you associate with the corrupt installation. The others are needed for Software Update and Disk Utility's repair permissions. As for the Receipts folder in /Library, it no longer holds update packages, it only holds the file that shows up in Installed Software in the Software Update prefPane. If there's a combo update in there, it's the temporary corrupted one that failed installation. Delete it before trying another update. With that in mind, ignore my previous. That's the temporary place updates are stored until installed, then they're deleted upon successful installation. It's been awhile since I tried to save the downloads before they were blown away. I no longer do that trick.