Question with gm Sierra install

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Crwmlw, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Crwmlw macrumors regular

    Crwmlw

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    #1
    Morning all,
    I downloaded the gm version of siera last night on my imac. Will i still receive apple updates? I dont want any beta updates, just the final release ones? What do I need to do or cant it be done? Thank you
     
  2. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if it is still applicable in macOS Sierra or not, but under earlier iterations of OS X, you could
    set the software update download catalog via the Terminal app.

    There are also some options in the "App Store" prefs pane in the "System Preferences" app which may help you.

    I have a tutorial here, but it is a bit lengthy, and the Terminal commands are for El Capitan, and not for Sierra.

    As such, I suggest that you go to Apple Support Communities . . . or else just wait until someone else here posts the necessary command strings for Sierra.
     
  3. buttongerald macrumors member

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    If I were to download the GM build and install it, when full release comes out will it get an update to the actual public version? Or will it remain as is?
     
  4. fischersd macrumors 601

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    There actually shouldn't be a delta (that's the idea behind a release candidate / gold master) - they're only giving it to the beta testers early in the off chance one of us finds a massive bug that they shouldn't ship. (THEN there would be a new build, yes, and we would get to update via the App Store - likely the Updates tab, rather than another redemption code).
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    Yep, you could change which software catalog you're pointing to out at terminal, but I like @KALLT's option better for most users (need to keep most users away from a command prompt....far, far away) ;)
     
  5. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

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    I know. That Terminal is such a scary, scary thing! ;)
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    One point which neither I, fischersd or KALLT have mentioned, is that if you downloaded the GM via the App Store app on a supported machine, as Apple's tutorial notes -- the one that KALLT referred to in the previous link -- you will see the option in the App Store prefs pane to disable beta downloads.

    However, if you downloaded the GM on an unsupported machine using dosdude1's patch tools, you will not see that option in the App Store prefs pane. Instead, what you will see is "Last check was", followed by a day and date, next to which is the "Check Now" button.

    So, in a word, the option to disable beta downloads appears to only be available in the App Store prefs pane when you are officially a member of the beta program using a supported machine.

    At least that is my current experience. Under previous iterations of OS X, I did see the beta option, because my machine was still supported at the time, but not now.
     
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Unsupported Macs are not relevant to this discussion, because they cannot be enrolled in the first place. The problem at hand is that an enrolled Mac will always look for beta downloads first and their build numbers usually supersede the ones of the release builds. This is why the Mac must be unenrolled. After that, it will only look in the release mirrors for updates, which is what the OP wants. Unsupported Macs cannot, without manual modifications of the mirror paths, download system updates.
     
  7. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    +1

    For the opening poster, that's the way.

    Premature un-enrolment may make it difficult to respond to follow-up from Apple.
     
  8. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

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    It depends on what you mean by "enrolled".

    A case in point.

    As I mentioned in another thread somewhere, on two separate occasions, -- once near the beginning of the macOS Sierra beta program, and two days ago again when the GM was released -- Apple sent me an email invitation in which I was invited to download the Sierra beta, and then the Sierra GM. This was obviously because I had previously participated in beta programs, such as for El Capitan, for example.

    I was of course surprised to receive these invitations, being as I knew that my machine was unsupported, based on online info.

    Nevertheless, in both instances, I followed through by clicking on the link in the email message.

    I was taken to the enrollment page for Sierra, and I was in fact given a redeem code by Apple's server.

    So, I was, and still remain, enrolled, as far as I know, and I anticipate that with the next beta program, I will receive yet another automated invitation message from Apple.

    However, as I said before, the problem occurred when I actually used the redeem code in the App Store app on each occasion. That is when their server informed that I could not download or install Sierra on my machine, because it is about six months too old.

    Personally, I find this disheartening and frustrating. Apple needs to fix their email notification system so that the owners of unsupported machines who are already on record from previous beta programs are not sent email invitations for beta programs in which they cannot really participate. Why give them false hope like that?

    BTW, the OP only said "I downloaded the gm version of siera last night on my imac", so the details he provided were rather ambiguous. He does not say whether he got it from Apple, or elsewhere. Neither does he mention the year or model of his iMac. So, in my view, my comments were valid.

    If you don't understand why I am saying this, it is because I also downloaded the GM on my iMac. However, it was not directly from Apple, or on a supported iMac. If the OP would have clarified those two points from the start, then I would have saved my breath, and said nothing. :)

    But getting back to the enrollment issue, I suspect that you personally don't consider one "officially" enrolled in the beta program, unless the beta downloads option appears in the App Store prefs pane, but that is not apparently how Apple views it, since they did issue me a redeem code twice. :)
     
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

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    I think it was clear what I meant. Whether Apple keeps sending you invitations is beyond this discussion. For all purposes, clicking on ‘Do Not Show Beta Software Updates’ answers the OP’s question. No need for ominous Terminal commands, complex instructions or ‘what ifs’. There will also be a link in future invitation e-mails to unsubscribe from them.

    As I said, if the OP’s Mac is not eligible for Sierra, then the question does not even present itself, because unsupported Macs do not receive Sierra system updates, at all.
     
  10. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

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    Don't worry, KALLT, I get your point. Whatever you decide is beyond this discussion, is most definitely beyond this discussion. :p :)

    Ominous? Really? SMH. ;)
     

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