Software Update not checking every day

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by kbmb, Oct 3, 2012.

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    kbmb

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    #1
    So according to this page, it says ML is supposed to check for new software everyday:
    http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#security

    However that's not the case on my machine....and looking online it seems it's not the case for a lot of people. Looking at the plist file, it seems mine is set to check every 7 days. That's crazy in my opinion.

    There is an article here on how to manually change it:
    http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/30/change-software-update-frequency-os-x-mountain-lion/

    What's funny is this is an upgrade from Lion....where I HAD it set to check everyday.

    Are other people seeing this as well?

    -Kevin
     
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    kbmb

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    So I went ahead and did the following Terminal command:

    Code:
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency 1
    And my Software Update happily notified me of the iPhoto update this afternoon.

    Not sure if you have to....but I did restart just to make sure the pref would take.

    -Kevin
     
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    Just an update to this.....my Pref file still lists the Frequency of 1.....but it hasn't checked since 10/10.....3 days ago.

    The Critical check happens everyday, but it seems the daily check isn't happening.

    Why is it Apple can't seem to get some basic things right?

    -Kevin
     
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    I'm convinced this defaults write doesn't help. It still isn't checking SU everyday except for the critical patches.

    I even wiped the plist, had it recreated and did the defaults write again....it's 10/19 and hasn't checked since 10/16.

    I'm going to leave it alone and see if Apple just hard coded it to check every 7 days regardless of what is in the plist.

    -Kevin
     
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    Well sure enough.....even though I changed the file to set the frequency to 1, it is still only checking every 7 days.

    It checked on 10/17 and now again on 10/24.

    So it looks like Apple is ignoring that pref or the syntax is incorrect.

    -Kevin
     

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