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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates Install
After installing OS X 10.3 and various software updates (Keynote, iSync) which were made availabe by Apple after 10.3, I found out that the installed updates were not displayed in the Software Update PrefPane. I thought "Oh no, not again!" Apple did the same bug as with the update from 10.1 to 10.2! But this time it is different. With 10.2, software updates were not displayed when the permissions of the software update log were wrong. With 10.3, they are not displayed when the format of the log file is wrong. And the format changed with 10.3!

So to fix this, you have to navigate to /Library/Logs/ and edit Software Update.log in your favorite text editor. Remove all lines from updates that were installed before 10.3. You should end up with something like this:
2003-10-24 18:56:14 +0200: Installed "iSync" (1.3)
Save the log file. Go to the Software Update preferences panel and you will see your software updates again!

[robg adds: I think you'll only run into this glitch on an upgrade install. Both clean install and archive and install should give you a clean log file, though I can't confirm that on the archive option (I did clean installs on all three of our machines).]
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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: rhebert1 on Oct 29, '03 02:11:53PM

The log file works with archive and install as well.

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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: gulliver on Oct 30, '03 04:39:13AM

The problems seems to be the date format. This was obviously changed in 10.3. Removing all updates with old date format solved the problem. New format is: YYYY-MM-DD



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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: silas on Oct 29, '03 02:35:59PM

Funny, that log display hasn't worked for me since the beginning of my OS X usage (10.2.1ish?), and still doesn't. I went to /Library/Logs but there's no software update log file there. If anyone knows how to turn that feature on, I'd love to see it.

Silas



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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: sfn on Oct 31, '03 08:37:10PM

Check the permissions on that folder. 'admin' group should have read/write permission.

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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: Jadey on Oct 29, '03 10:34:10PM

Just a note that I did an upgrade install and didn't run into this glitch.



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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: aranor on Oct 30, '03 07:55:27PM

Just a note: with Panther, if you did an Upgrade install, I highly recommend doing an archive & install over it now. Upgrading with Panther build 7B85 has multiple problems, whether it's an upgrade from a beta version or from Jaguar (different problems in each case). Thus, an Archive & Install or even a clean install is the best way to install it.



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10.3: Force Software Update to display installed updates
Authored by: hiendohar on Dec 21, '03 02:50:08PM

The update log will remain empty if you perform your update as a non-admin user, since write permissions to /Library/Log are by default locked down to "root" and the "admin" group. Validating with the login and password of an admin user for purposes of the update does not correct this problem.

I will submit a bug report to Apple.



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