where and can we delete software update files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by itou, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. itou macrumors regular

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    every software update is at least 50MBs nowadays so i got to thinking where these files actually go after they've been installed. is there a way to remove these files? i reckon there shouldn't be a problem since they've already been installed?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Pretty sure they're deleted automatically after they're installed.
     
  3. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    you can always run onyx or other system maintenence program. might clear out those unused files.

    though i might be wrong. i usually dont care. hard drive space right now is not an issue for me
     
  4. itou thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks.
    it is for me. if anyone has a definitive answer, it'll be much appreciated.
     
  5. ihabime macrumors 6502

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    The definitive answer is yes they are deleted, they are downloaded to a temp directory and deleted afterward.

    The only thing they leave on your system is a small file in /Library/Receipts/ that's used by System Updater to check which updates have been applied.
     
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    It is for you? Based on what?
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Receipts do more than that. Each receipt mirrors the structure of its associated application. Whenever permissions are repaired, the repair utility refers to the receipt for proper permissions settings.
     

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