Software update process

Discussion in 'macOS' started by drambuie, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    What process takes place when a Mac checks for updates?

    Does software update only compare available updates with installed updates, or does it do that, then proceed to download the uninstalled ones, and offer them as available updates?

    The reason I ask is because my late 2010 15" MBP, (2.8GHz i7), has OS X 10.6.6 and all updates prior to 10.6.7 installed. When I check for updates it starts downloading with the update status bar not moving, as though it was downloading something very large, possibly 10.6.7.

    I have another question. Is the stand alone 2011-001 security update compatible with 10.6.6, or is 10.6.7 required? I tried to install that security update, but get the "This volume doesn't meet the requirements for this update" message. The 2011-001 notes say that it is for 10.6.6.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    When new MacOS X software is installed, the Installer also installs a new receipt. This is the case of a MacOS X update. Updaters are supposed to check the available receipts to determine which version of which software is installed to determine what needs to be installed and updated. It is my understanding that Software Updater is governed by the receipts mechanism. This is why Software Update will sometimes refuse to update the OS after an update failure. It sees a current receipt and thinks that the update was successful. However, combo updaters appear to ignore receipts. They will update the OS despite the presence of a current receipt.

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