Why doesn't Onyx clean Safari History?

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  1. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a

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    Running Onyx v2.9.1 and latest Yosemite and I notice when I run Onyx Cleaning/Internet, and afterwards load Safari and check History that Safary History is still showing and has NOT been cleared by Onyx.

    Anyone know why Onyx cannot clean Safari History?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can clear Safari history in Safari. You don't need another app to do that. You also don't need to be clearing any caches, unless you're clearing a particular cache to troubleshoot problems with a specific app.
     
  3. JoeRito macrumors 6502

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    Safari is not the browser of choice for every user. Better to let the user clean out whatever browser he/she uses.
     
  4. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But why does Onyx claim to clear out browsing history yet FAILS to clear out Safari history listing?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Lots of software developers make claims that their apps don't fulfill. While OnyX has a good reputation, it's not flawless. The question is, why are you trying to use OnyX to clear Safari history, when Safari can do that without using another app? Safari can even be set to automatically clear history.
     
  6. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought I needed Onyx to clear out DNS cache and 100% completely clear out browsing history including all sites and photos etc?
     
  7. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Aside from having to go into each browser, onyx is supposed to clean each browsers cache. Kind of a one stop shop if you will. I have a feeling that one of the reasons the OP is asking.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    When you reset Safari with "Clear history" and "Remove all website data" selected, it does just that. You don't need another app. You can also use "Private Browsing" mode, so it won't store such things, so they don't need to be cleared.
     
  9. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I always thought that even if I use Safary private mode or clear history in Safari that web history such as web address', pictures from websites, data etc is stored elsewhere on the Mac?:rolleyes:
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not true, if you use Private Browsing or clear history and website data.
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Do you happen to Safari sync turned on in iCloud settings?

    I use an app called Cookie that clears history and deletes non-whitelisted cookies when I quit Safari, and it was not properly clearing history if Safari iCloud sync was on. As soon as I turned that off, it worked fine.

    From poking around at file dates/time etc, it looked like the app would try to delete the history, then iCloud would push the history back down to Safari.

    Try turning that off in iCloud and see if Onyx works then.
     
  12. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Stumbled across your post whilst doing a search on the forum. I think I'm having the same problem with Cookie two years later. I'm a bit p*ssed about it tbh. Nowhere does the developer say in the MAS description this can be a problem, nor on their website. Cookie is a Mac app, using Safari and iCloud sync on a Mac is hardly an edge case.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yeah... I saw your post and another persons over on the Cookie forum, so it looks like this is still the case. I ended up just leaving iCloud Safari sync turned off.
     
  14. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    That doesn't really answer the question.... People have legimiate reasons to automate clearing stuff out. Onyx is not only clearing safari history... it a general purpose cleaner for logs as well which u would other need to go and manually find /delete.

    More like a spring cleaning app for your Mac for everything, not just Safari
     
  15. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    The current version of Onyx for use with Yosemite is 3.0.1, you should update Onyx: http://www.titanium.free.fr/onyx.html
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm quite familiar with Onyx and its claimed purpose. I'm also familiar with the fact that people have various reasons for clearing certain items, including ignorance about whether or not something should be cleared. The fact (2 years ago, when this thread was posted) is that the OP was trying to use Onyx to clear Safari history, when that function is built into Safari. My post answered the question accurately. Some apps, including Onyx, may fail to do all they claim to do. Launching a 3rd party app to clear Safari history is very inefficient compared to selecting a single menu item in Safari itself.
     
  17. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I ended up refunding it, I just couldn't fit Cookie into my workflow. I know syncing such stuff across iCloud can be done but I gather it is quite tricky eg Smarky from Sheep Systems.
     

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