The repeating app update problem plauged me since the first day I pulled my macbook out of the box. The problem is freqently mentioned on the internet. I have seen solutions ranging from "take a hammer to the damn thing" to "re-installl Yosemite". The problem stopped at about the time I recieved the 10.10.5 update. However a few days before, I disabled spotlight indexing, and deleted the index files. Did I mask the problem, or did Apple fix a problem that dates back to the early days of Mavericks? The ultimate question is, are updates dependant on spotlight? Unfortunately the evidence is abiguious. I am still getting updates from Apple, but it has been about a month since I have seen any app updates. I checked the current versions and it appears that I have the latest of everthing. On my Linux boxes, I just type yum update. Is there a way to manually force updates once every other month on OS-X? I woud rather do things manually than deal with spotlight indexing.