"Software Update..." not working

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macintel4me, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. macintel4me macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    When I got to :apple:-->Software Update... I get the error message attached. I obviously can get out to the internet just fine by the fact I'm posting this message. Anyone else seeing this?!??

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  2. macintel4me thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    I figured it out for those interested. There is a bug in Leopard that when you change the web proxy to use a PAC file, you cannot change it back. I told Apple customer support about the bug and they have submitted it to engineering. The workaround is to delete the preferences file and then reboot.
  3. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    proxy.pac file issues in Leopard

    Ah! I'm glad you mentioned this issue. I've been fighting with something similar for a while now on my Macbook Pro.

    At my workplace, I have to configure it to use a proxy server, and set it up to use a proxy.pac file to automatically get the proper configuration.

    Under OS X Tiger on my laptop, having the option to use the proxy.pac file didn't seem to create problems when I was on other networks. OS X would apparently try to get the proxy.pac file at the proxy address given, fail to find one, and default back to running without a proxy server.

    Ever since upgrading to Leopard though, my laptop was only working properly on my network at work. When I came home or used someone else's wireless network, I was able to ping addresses just fine from the terminal, but browsers like Firefox or Safari wouldn't pull up any pages. (Actually, if I let it sit long enough, it'd *finally* pull up a page - but we're talking over an HOUR to do it!) Widgets and "Software Update" wouldn't work either.

    (Interestingly though, my copy of Windows XP Pro running under Parallels desktop WOULD connect to the net just fine under these same circumstances.)

    I was finally able to get my laptop to stop using the proxy.pac file though, and then it worked fine on my home wi-fi network again. I honestly can't remember exactly what I did. I do remember seeing issues where I'd simply de-select the option to use it, and after I saved my settings, it was selected again. I think I just blanked out the line that had the path to my proxy.pac file and left it selected, using a blank entry?

    On another note, shouldn't this be something you can configure by location? EG. If I create a new network "location" and call it "work", why can't I key in a proxy.pac file for that location, but have it default to not using one on the other, "Automatic" location? I *think* I tried this and the proxy settings seemed to persist across multiple "locations".

  4. Annahoudini macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2008
    Software update can't find the update server???

    Software update can't find the update server, even though my internet connection is fine. Can someone help please?

    Thanx anna

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