Software Update Installers

Discussion in 'macOS' started by swwack91, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

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    Just a curiosity and wanting to save HDD space -

    If I were to download Mac OSX updates manually, I'd download the installer, install it, then trash the installer package file.

    But I don't and I use Software Update. Does Software Update trash the installer after its done installing or does it keep all the packages from all the updates it has installed somewhere?

    If it keeps them, where are they and can I delete them?
     
  2. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816

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    Never thought of what Software Update does. I'd assume it trashes them but would like to know for sure...
     
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    As far as I know it does trash them, but then again etc. etc. .. :eek:
     
  4. devman macrumors 65816

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    They're not kept. Check /Library/Caches/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate if you really care. And in tmp/501/...

    There are package receipts that are kept though - and you don't want to delete those.
     
  5. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    what exactly is a package receipt?

    and can i delete them if they're from software that i've since uninstalled? (not talking about the updates)
     
  6. devman macrumors 65816

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    /Library/Receipts

    No, don't delete them. They are small and you're just messing around with the system for no good reason.

    Software update uses them to track what is installed and what needs to be installed. Installers use them to determine if something is a new install or an upgrade. The installer also uses them for pre-req checks when doing an install. Repair permissions uses them to check the default permissions of files.
     

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