Downloading (and keeping) OSX updates

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Is there a one stop for OSX updates when I want to keep the installation files as well?

Apple used to make this possible, and I believe one of their sites was https://support.apple.com/downloads/ but a lot of stuff is missing (Safari 9.0 and Security update 2015-006 1.0 are two updates I'm still trying to find).
There used to be several geeky and time consuming tricks back in the days for allowing the installation files to be kept but I don't think they've worked for a while.
I'm on OSX 10.9.5.
 

ricede

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Aug 16, 2010
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If you have the "Automatically check for updates" box checked in System Preferences/App Store - the system will download the updates in the background and then you will be notified to update when updates are available. BEFORE updating, go to Library/ Updates and you should find the installer files there. You can then copy them to an Ext Drive.

Once you press ' Update' - the files will disappear from the Library/Updates folder, so you must copy them BEFORE updating.

Obviously you want to leave the " Install system data files & security updates" UNCHECKED in System Preferences/App Store.

I haven't tried this for a while as i keep "Automatically check for updates" unchecked, but it certainly used to work that way.
 

macstatic

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Yes, this worked!
I also have the automatic installation feature and automatick checking for updates unchecked.

I do get some rather strange files and folders though:

/Library/Updates/031-20807/
031-20807.English.dist
031-20807.English.extraInfo
Safari9.0Mavericks.pkg​

/Library/Updates/zzz031-27592/
031-27592.English.dist
031-27592.English.extraInfo
SecUpd2015-006Mavericks.pkg​

/Library/Updates//zzzz031-36653/
031-36653.English.dist
031-36653.English.extraInfo
CoreADI.pkg
CoreFP.pkg
MobileDevice.pkg
iTunesAccess.pkg
iTunesX.pkg​

... but I assume it's just a matter of double-clicking the individual .pkg files and leave the .dist/.extraInfo files alone, and the updates will be installed in the same way as with the app-store update feature, right?
 

ricede

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Well they are just files in each folder that apply to that update. i.e. top folder is for Safari 9 ( installed with the english language rather than russian ?? ) and so on down the list.

Incidentally - they are not fully downloaded until each .pkg is the yellow open box icon. Until they are complete i seem to remember that the .pkg files have a white icon.

If you want to install them - open App Store - click the updates tab & then press install next to each file. In the app store there will only be "Safari 9" without the English.dist files etc.
 
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