11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2013 1:42 AM by tal1971
tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

Just wondering if anyone could help me with this question please?

 

I believe that Mountain Lion checks for updates on a weekly basis. When I go into System Preferences/Software Update. Mine shows "Last check was Friday 19 July 2013"

 

This is more than 1 week ago and I wondered why Software Update is not checking on a weekly basis like its supposed to?

 

Software_Update.png


iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), iMac 27in Late 2012 Fusion Drive)
  • 1. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,375 points)

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it:

    defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate | open -f -a TextEdit

      

    Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C).

     

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

     

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

     

    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V).

     

    A TextEdit window will open with the output of the command. If the command produced no output, the window will be empty. Post the contents of the TextEdit window (not the Terminal window), if any — the text, please, not a screenshot. The title of the window doesn't matter, and you don't need to post that.

  • 2. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks very much for the help Linc Davis.

     

    Here's the contents of the Text Edit window.

     

     

     

    {

        AutomaticDownload = 0;

        ConfigDataInstall = 0;

        CriticalUpdateInstall = 0;

        DidRegisterLocalUpdates = 1;

        IgnoringUnseenRamped = 0;

        LastAttemptDate = "2013-07-29 20:29:03 +0000";

        LastAttemptSystemVersion = "10.8.4 (12E55)";

        LastBackgroundSuccessfulDate = "2014-05-15 08:23:10 +0000";

        LastCriticalSuccessfulCatalogTag = "\\"16a04-4e2be1d0e9080\\"";

        LastCriticalSuccessfulDate = "2013-07-30 20:38:25 +0000";

        LastRecommendedUpdatesAvailable = 0;

        LastResultCode = 2;

        LastSessionSuccessful = 1;

        LastSuccessfulCatalogTag = "\\"155c2-4e1df811d99c0\\"";

        LastSuccessfulDate = "2013-07-19 21:09:25 +0000";

        LastUpdatesAvailable = 0;

        RecommendedUpdates =     (

        );

        ScheduleFrequency = 1;

        SkipLocalCDN = 0;

    }

  • 3. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,375 points)

    The last attempt was on 7/29, but the last successful attempt was on 7/19. Try running Software Update manually. Any error message?

  • 4. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks again Linc Davis, appreciate the help.

     

    I've just manually ran Software Update and there was no updates and also no error message either.

     

     

    I've just ran the terminal command you mentioned earlier, and here's the result.

     

     

    {

        AutomaticDownload = 0;

        ConfigDataInstall = 0;

        CriticalUpdateInstall = 0;

        DidRegisterLocalUpdates = 1;

        IgnoringUnseenRamped = 0;

        LastAttemptDate = "2013-07-30 21:50:53 +0000";

        LastAttemptSystemVersion = "10.8.4 (12E55)";

        LastBackgroundSuccessfulDate = "2014-05-15 08:23:10 +0000";

        LastCriticalSuccessfulCatalogTag = "\\"16a04-4e2be1d0e9080\\"";

        LastCriticalSuccessfulDate = "2013-07-30 21:50:53 +0000";

        LastRecommendedUpdatesAvailable = 0;

        LastResultCode = 2;

        LastSessionSuccessful = 1;

        LastSuccessfulCatalogTag = "\\"16a04-4e2be1d0e9080\\"";

        LastSuccessfulDate = "2013-07-30 21:50:53 +0000";

        LastUpdatesAvailable = 0;

        RecommendedUpdates =     (

        );

        ScheduleFrequency = 1;

        SkipLocalCDN = 0;

    }

  • 5. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,375 points)

    Looks OK.

  • 6. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    I'll see how things go and update in a week or so.

     

    I just found it strange that if Mountain Lion checks for updates every 7 days, that the last check on my screen shot was 10 days since.

     

    I'll check in Software Update around 8 August and see if there has been a check since the 30 July.

     

     

     

    I'm a bit confused as to "LastBackgroundSuccessfulDate" which is showing 15 May 2014?

     

    Also the ScheduleFrequency= 1. Does this mean that Software Update checks every day, as I thought it checked every 7 days?

     

     

    Thanks again for the help Linc Davis, appreciate the help.

  • 7. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,375 points)

    That file has been hacked, now that you mention it, so you should delete it and recreate your settings in the Software Update preference pane. The path is

     

    /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist

  • 8. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    I have no such plist file in that location Linc Davis

  • 9. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,375 points)

    Yes you do. It's in the Library folder at the top level of the startup volume, not the one in your home folder.

  • 10. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks again Linc Davis. I've found the file now (thanks to your help) and I've followed your advice from your earlier post.

     

    I've setup Software Update to my preference and I'll see if Software Update checks for updates in 7 days time and post back the outcome.

     

    Thanks again.

  • 11. Re: Mountain Lion software update check frequency question
    tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks very much for the help Linc Davis.

     

    From the looks of things, Software Update is basically checking for updates everyday now, around about the time when I first switch on my iMac, don't know if this is normal?

     

    But at least its checking for updates with some regularity, unlike before.