Is using Onyx Cleaning - System before every shutdown "safe"?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by musicguy7, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. musicguy7 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I run the App Onyx, and do a cleaning - system with all the default boxes checked before I shut down my mac pro every time. Is that safe/result in potential probs?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  3. musicguy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    How often is it recommended to use this function then?
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Every time you shut down? That's way-overkill-OCD. :D

    I use it maybe 4-5 times a year and I'm not convinced it's even needed.
  5. musicguy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    Ok, well I'm use to windows and using various cleaners and maintenance tools..
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Do you experience any problems with your Mac?

    I haven't used Onyx in years, I never need it though.

    Mac OS X is quite "intelligent" when it comes to self maintenance, as it performs daily, weekly and monthly scripts by itself.
    Mac OS X is not Windows, it is a UNIX flavour.
  7. Feek macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2009
    I run it if ever I get problems that I think cleaning caches will help.

    So maybe once a year.

    Every time you shutdown is waaaay overkill. Talking of which, why even shut down? Standby works _really_ well on OS X.
  8. musicguy7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I actually like to disable background processes to optimizie my performance with my music app Logic. Anyway to disable and manually rub these "scripts". I disabled auto updates, date and time and spotlight so far.
  9. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    I don't do anything when I shut down my Mac Pro. I just hit shut down.

    Still running the same system install (with the upgrades on top, obviously) since 2008.

    Auto updates and date and time won't save you any CPU. Those are normally run once a day, and they only take a few seconds.

    Spotlight? Eh. You have a Mac Pro. Pretty sure you can handle Spotlight in the background. :p It only does things when you save anyway.

    I would just leave everything alone. This isn't a PC, you don't have to hold it's hand. Macs can pretty much handle themselves.
  10. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    First of the month for me only.

    Run Repair Permissions after Software Update.
  11. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    I don't think you're really getting any performance gains from those processes.

    The maintenance scripts (a daily one, a weekly one and a monthly one) run at like 5am if your system is on or immediately upon booting/waking from sleep. No reason to disable and run manually.

    You need to lose your Windows mentality. :D
  12. Feek macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2009
    I couldn't live without Spotlight. It's how I launch pretty much everything, it's how I find files, it's there, it's unobtrusive and it works.
  13. MyFakeAcc macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2011
    You gain no noticeable additional performance by doing this.
    Does Onyx still save the entered password on your HD?
  14. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    It really depends how hard you ride and whether you use and ssd to some extent. Personally, I thrash huge amounts of files in and out and lots of installs and uninstalls and heavy memory and occasionally benefit from some repair, cache cleaning etc. with some noticeable positive results. S does happen sometimes, even to a mac pro. Just look at all the "help needed" threads here for various OS issues.
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Maintenance tools like onyx, and even ones for Windows, are good for clearing caches, but using them too often (on windows OR os x) can actually have a detrimental effect and slow down your boot times and such.

    I don't use them ever (unless I have a problem), and I've never had a problem with Windows or Mac.
  16. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003


    I used to be a freak when it came to such apps back in the Mac OS 8-9, and it carried on with Mac OS X until 10.3. Since Tiger, running those scripts just seemed pointless. Haven't done it in years, and I really doubt you're gaining any benefit *at all* from it.

    It's easy to test: just stop doing it, and start thinking about your Mac as a well oiled machine that can take care of these things for you.

    As for performance, unless you're running on a Mac LC II, you won't notice those processes at all.

    Welcome to the Mac side.


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