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SUS, Client up to date, but updates are showing in background

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Mar 10, 2011 3:33 AM

I have Mac Pro 10.6 server and Mac Mini 10.6 server in different locations about 20km apart. The mini is new addition in our systems, and it's main role is to work as SUS and access/control point in our 2nd department. I have also SUS running on our Mac Pro (main) server and it's working fine, but I have this problem with the mini :

When the client requests the updates from the server, it starts downloading the list like normal. But then it tells that "Your system is up to date", but I can see there is updates showing in the background. I tested and the clients get the updates from the main server just fine.

I used this command to define the update server on a client

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ CatalogURL http://my.server.address:8088/index-leopard-snowleopard.merged-1.sucatalog

Used that when configuring to both mini and pro servers, with only different address.

I looked into mini's SUS access logs and compared them to whats comes up in the main server. The main servers SUS access log goes wild after you start the lookup for updates, but the mini shows only this :

ADDRESS - - [10/Mar/2011:12.30:17 +0200] 80 GET "/index-leopard-snowleopard.merged-1.sucatalog" 200 1353482 "-" "Ohjelmiston%20p%C3%A4ivitys/258.1 CFNetwork/454.9.8 Darwin/10.4.0 (i386) (iMac10%2C1)"

Thats what comes up every time I start the client to lookup updates from the mini.

I remember reading something like this from here, but I could't find the right thread .
iMac 27"
  • HackerJL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the exact same thing happening right now. I get a line in my log saying it downloaded the sucatalog, but its 'up to date' yet I know I have a safari update to do as well.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • William Webb Calculating status...
    do either of you have an item in your list of available updates labeled as "_productId Update"? I'm seeing the same behavior right now (Mac Mini, OS X Server 10.6.6), and can't quite figure out why it's behaving this way, or what that update relates to.

    Message was edited by: William Webb
  • HackerJL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do have that in my SUS. But I also have that on one server that is working PERFECTLY. So I dont think it has anything to do with anything.

    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • yasmin.k Calculating status...
    I have the same issue (updates in the background), posted here a while ago, but not solution yet.

    And I have really the productldUpdate. Would like to try without it.
    How can I remove it from the SUS Database?
    iMac 2.4; PowerMac G4 Quicksilver 2001, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • HackerJL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    nothing more to kill this issue once and for all?

  • shryocdj Calculating status...

    This might help some of you; it resolved a couple of my issues (including the "_productID" update).

    Basically rename your catalogs file (in terminal) to catalogs.bkup, or something. And stop/start/sync SUS and it should rebuild the catalog.


    The other issue I had, known updates were not being detected by clients, was being caused by a nested "content" folder somehow.  I'm assuming it is because I changed the location of my updates' storage.

    So, in /var/db/swupd/html/content I had the another "content" folder that is the alias to where my updates are really kept. So, I renamed the top level content folder (to content.bkup) and moved the aliased one to be on the same level as the one I just renamed (/var/db/swupd/html/).


    Hope that helps out a bit...


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