Wow does El Cap automatically install the Sierra installer?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by thadoggfather, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. thadoggfather macrumors 604


    Oct 1, 2007
    what a waste of 4.78gb if so,

    I've been doing carbon copy clones with repartitioning, but it just said it was ready and i don't remember downloading it,
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I believe that I saw something saying it would automatically download if you have automatic downloads enabled. I have them disabled and it has not been downloaded.

    I'll take this opportunity to point out that on my other machine, automatic downloads turned themselves on when I updated to Sierra (without any prompting or even notification). If you think they're off, it'd pay to double-check.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604


    Jul 30, 2003
    Check your System Prefs/App Store for those settings.
    You can turn off auto install updates, if you don't want that to happen.
    You can also, separately, turn off automatically downloading any updates.

    As Nermal suggested, one of the later El Cap system updates may have turned that setting _on_ , so you can get that update to Sierra that you have been hoping for, and perhaps without your knowing it :D
  4. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604


    Oct 1, 2007
    thanks guys!

    i need to uncheck auto updates,

    and interesting to learn that it enables again going to sierra
  5. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2015
    I recommend sending feedback to Apple, if if enough people send constructive criticism they probably stop the automatic download policy. As for why Apple decided it was a smart move I have no idea...
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    You can probably block the Sierra updates separately, if you have the identifier. I used to do this during the beta, to prevent it from downloading the large beta updates. You can find the identifier of pending updates with:
    softwareupdate -l

    The output should be something like this (taken from Apple’s documentation):
    Software Update found the following new or updated software:
                  * MacBookAirEFIUpdate2.4-2.4
                      MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update (2.4), 3817K [recommended] [restart]
                  * ProAppsQTCodecs-1.0
                      ProApps QuickTime codecs (1.0), 968K [recommended]
                  * JavaForOSX-1.0
                      Java for OS X 2012-005 (1.0), 65288K [recommended]

    Then you can ignore one update with:
    sudo softwareupdate --ignore JavaForOSX
  7. FeliApple, Nov 13, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2016

    FeliApple macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2015
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Look in your /Applications folder and you should see a file called Install macOS Just delete that file then empty your trash.
  9. FeliApple macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2015
    Thanks! It worked.

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