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Rename 'softwareupdate' to install prior updates System
Once the recent updater security fix (as of 7/12/02) is installed, the system install program refuses to install the 10.1.3 , 10.1.4 or 10.1.5 updates, reporting that the drive does not meet the requirement. As I had to reinstall my system from scratch this weekend for some reason, I was stuck at 10.1.2 and couldn't install any later updates, with mounting frustration for a few hours.

After examining the script inside the system updates, I found that this is a result of the security fix having created a "softwareupdate" program in /usr/sbin/. The system updates for 10.1.3 and greater detects its presence and then would refuse to proceed. A way around this limitation it is to rename softwareupdate momentarily to something else (say "lala") in the terminal program via:
 % sudo mv /usr/sbin/softwareupdate /usr/sbin/lala
and then run the installer. Afterward, don't forget to switch it back, so that you can use 'softwareupdate' from the command line, as described in this hint.

[Editor's note: It was my understanding that previous updates were being updated to reflect the new secure update mechanism. At some point in the near future, they should be able to install without renaming the 'softwareupdate' application.]
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URL for Apple Updates
Authored by: hschickel on Jul 18, '02 10:39:08AM

Individual Updates from Apple are updated and available for download at


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Thank YOU!!!!
Authored by: dennisbest on Jul 18, '02 02:07:51PM

I downloaded all of the updates manually and wasn't able to install them because all of the updates want the installer update... which is required... but wasn't working. I was trapped in 10.1.

I will be trying this trick momentarily. I'm just thrilled I wasn't the only one trapped. I couldn't find help anywhere.

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Authored by: mervTormel on Jul 18, '02 06:41:58PM

you might just want to rename the file softwareupdate.disabled instead of some name that doesn't remind you what it is.

filenames are specific in unix, you only need to change one thing about a filename to effectively disable/break it.

if filename is specific, filename.anything makes it yours to manage.

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