7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2012 5:41 PM by Peter Borbonus
PG music Level 1 (0 points)

I run a lab and all of a sudden, my hard drive began filling up overnight. After some investigation I suspect Software Update is the culprit. I have turned it off now on the server and all student stations, but I still have a large folder at this location:




The folder size is 125GB. I have run SW Update so everything is current. How do I get rid of this?



Also, in checking my server log, I see that ClamAV was trying to do a daily update. I never installed ClamAV. Does it come with some other program?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Peter Borbonus Level 1 (100 points)


    What you can do to clean your SoftwareUpdateServer (SUS) is:

    Use these steps to remove the older updates:

    1. Open Server Admin.

    2. Stop the Software Update service.

    3. Click the Settings tab.

    4. The storage directory for your software updates is listed next to "Store updates in:". Locate this folder in the Finder.

    5. Delete the folder named "html" inside it. You will need to use the sudo command or enter an administrator password in the Finder.

    6. Start the Software Update service in Server Admin.

    (taken from Article: HT5198, March 22th, 2012)


    After restart SUS, your Server will download all the Updates again. The content of the folder of my server is around 50-60GB!


    ClamAV is preinstalled with MacOSX Server. It is a virus-scanning software.



  • PG music Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, Peter.


    Still having trouble, though. I cannot turn off SW Update in Server Admin. Every time I go to save changes, it reverts to on. Also, I am not finding the storage directory under settings tab.

  • Peter Borbonus Level 1 (100 points)

    That sounds not good...

    Take a look at my screenshot (it is in german, but you should understand what it is at your server!)

    Bildschirmfoto 2012-04-19 um 17.47.11.png

    Is yours looking like this too?

  • Peter Borbonus Level 1 (100 points)

    OK, maybe you want to reset your SUS?

    Try this:

    1. Verify it's not trying to do a sync by launching activity monitor and selecting all processes and type sync in the Filter field, nothing should be listed if it's not trying to update


    2. Stop the SUS Service


    3.Remove the following files from the server:

    (In order to view the contents of hidden directories such as /etc, use the Go -> Go to Folder Menu Item in Finder.)


    /etc/swupd/swupd.conf DO NOT DELETE

    /etc/swupd/swupd.plist DO NOT DELETE






    The contents of /var/db/swupd/html ( DO NOT delete this folder, only the contents )


    Alternative, if you prefer to use the Terminal:

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/.last_run

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/.start_time

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/.sync_done

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/com.apple.server.swupdate.plist

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/com.apple.server.swupdate.plist.previous

    sudo rm /etc/swupd/swupd.plist

    sudo rm -R /var/db/swupd/html


    4. Restart the server


    5. Once the reboot has taken place, use ServerAdmin to re-configure and start the Software Update Service. Allow the server time to re-download the software updates (this could take anywhere from 3-30 hours depending on connection speed of the server). Wait until it is finished (watch the log!)


    6. Test Client update against server.


    Hope this helps,


  • PG music Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much, Peter. Hugely helpful. It seems to have resolved. I'll know on Monday if my drive hasn't filled to capacity again. So far, so good.



  • PG music Level 1 (0 points)

    I think my problem is solved! Thanks again!!

  • Peter Borbonus Level 1 (100 points)

    Nice to read, David!

    I'm glad, that I could help you.