How to keep 10.5 clean and speedy???

Discussion in 'macOS' started by erkanasu, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. erkanasu macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Are there any routine things I should be doing to keep Leopard running efficiently? I have noticed some minor slow downs since upgrading.
  2. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    Those slow downs from upgrading are most likely due to spotlight reindexing/other one shot things.

    Don't worry, you don't really need to worry about maintenance. Computers self maintain themselves for the most part these days. Just run software update when there are updates and don't go downloading and installing random junk.
  3. erkanasu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006

    actually, ive had leopard for almost 2 months now, and it has gotten slower in the last few weeks. SO it's prob not due to spotlight. But yeah, os x is known for taking good care of itself.
  4. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    This is probably overkill, but once a week I

    1.) Repair Disk Permissions (In Disk Utility, Applications/Utilities)

    2.) Run the periodic scripts (In the Terminal, type:

    sudo periodic daily
    sudo periodic weekly
    sudo periodic monthly

    in that order.)

    3.) Restart my Mac.

    This routine keeps things running very smoothly in my experience; I haven't had a major crash since 2002.
  5. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    What do the periodic scripts do?
  6. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006
  7. albusseverus macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2007
    Leopard maintenance tips - ruthlessly 'vanilla' system

    Specifics help - machine, config, apps you run - if you want a better answer.


    Be ruthless about running a clean system. Pretend you are advising someone else...

    It takes a little time to rebuild, but the pay-off for having a clean system is *priceless*. This is especially important if you try out a lot of software. It's almost impossible to remove all traces of it. Bite the bullet and do a clean install once a year.

    It's nothing like the performance gain we got in the ol' PowerPC days, but things just seem to run better.
    The advice about balanced DIMMs in Intel machines is absolutely true and surprisingly noticeable. When I installed my second 2GB DIMM in my new iMac (going from 3GB to 4GB) I was shocked at how noticeable the speed difference was. RAM is so inexpensive these days.

    Fragmentation is a killer. OS X allegedly defrags itself, but it can't fix a drive that continually has 1GB spare, particularly if you're adding and deleting files all the time. If you're doing 'real time' stuff - audio or video recording/editing, do it on an external drive, firewire only. USB is for keyboards, mice and iPods at a pinch (bring back firewire !).

    (NAG's advice about don't download junk) For example, I only have 3 additional System Pref Panes and I didn't bother to hack the dock or menu bar - they're not that bad.

    Any time you feel tempted to install some little util to make life sweeter, ask yourself 2 questions.
    Will the machine fall over if I don't install this? and
    Will the machine fall over if I don't install this?

    Be ruthless about this. Time Machine is fantastic, but only use it on your Documents folder and keep one folder 'excluded' for stuff that isn't that vital - I exclude my 'high volume, high traffic' stuff - e.g. my EyeTV Archive folder and my work area for transcoding stuff for my iPod.
    I'm currently thinking of excluding my Downloads folder and even my Music folder... that one's getting too big too fast. A once a month Finder copy onto an external drive should be enough backup for Music & Photos.

    If you're in a production environment and you need a crashed machine up and running in 15 minutes, that's a different backup problem.

    Don't get me wrong. Spaces is the single greatest addition to OS X, in my opinion! But if you think about it... it goes against everything the system has had to cope with up until now.

    If anything will gum-up your system, Spaces is it. I have to re-boot every 3 or 4 days, because I've Spaced the OS into the ground, but I love it!! Frankly I'm amazed Spaces works as well as it does.

    Most applications seem to be struggling with the flexibility Spaces affords... and we're Mac owners, we WILL use it!!

    Even Apple's applications don't handle multiple windows scattered around multiple Spaces very well (Text Edit, Finder, Preview, iCal, Mail, Safari, the list is endless...), so I don't think we can expect 3rd party developers to get their minds around it any time soon.

    It works well and is definitely worth running. I don't know anything about Spotlight, but I'm sure someone out there can help optimise it as ruthlessly as I run everything else.

    Sometimes I find this sucker doing stuff in the background, slowing things up. Can't kill it, can't live without it. If you open Activity Monitor, it sometimes goes away, presumably to come back later, when you're not looking.

    iStat 2.0 won't make things run faster, but it lets you know how things are going.
    I use it to display graphs of Memory, CPU, Temp, Internet upload & download speed in my menu bar.
    It's freeware and one of my 3 additional System Prefs Panes.
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    in mac os x the periodic or "cron" scripts run in the background around some time in the early morning. if you shutdown or sleep your mac before this time they used to not run. in leopard they run after you turn on or resume your mac.

    my advice would be to repair permissions every month (dont worry about the SUID warnings or weird system user template warnings) and run onyx using the automation feature. even this is a bit overkill though.

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