Function: Runs a series of system maintenance scripts via the Terminal: Repair Permissions, Verify Preference Files, Run Periodic and Update Prebindings. Author: Jesse Hogie Notes: The download contains extensive notes.
Fantastic automator app, but one complaint: having to click through three dialogs is a little annoying, how about being able to set a preference for a default set of actions to run when the app starts up? Being asked repeatedly to “make sure” I want to run something is a little annoying as well. Some sort of preference or workaround for these two issues would be fantastic.
You have done a great job with this automator. You have helped me from sending out Unix commands to workstations Now I am deploying Maintenance 3.1 to faculty and staff and just asking them to run it occasionally.
Thanks a lot and I look forward to the next version.
Comment by Sable Cantus — November 2, 2005 @ 2:41 pm
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Maintenance 3.1 managed to deleted the custom user icons on my login screen. I’d file a detailed bug report if I knew where…
Comment by Vincent Jacobs — December 20, 2005 @ 8:02 am
These people have done a really fine job! I’m not sure where Vincent’s icons went unless they went away during the verify preference files script.
They have included the developer files including the work flow and all the apple scripts are there. I prefer not to run all these tasks automatically and be specific on what gets “cleaned up” or not, so this is great. Since the developer files are there It’s REAL easy to combine these to run them all at once as David would like to do. GREAT JOB GUYS!
Comment by blue80907 — December 20, 2005 @ 8:03 pm
So far, I like this application. It works well, and without problems. Would adding another option, such as rebuilding the Launch Services Database be possible?
Comment by Terrible scripter — December 22, 2005 @ 8:56 am
Have you tried Main Menu? This little gem has everything i need in the menu. I have used Maintence 3.1 for some time, but this really little app puts a lot at your fingertips instantly. Nice work.
I can confirm that Maintenance 3.3 deletes the custom login icons from the login screen. It also seems to have deleted my picture from my Address Book card as well, but not that of other users. Not a show stopper, but annoying enough that I won’t be using this otherwise fine tool until it’s fixed. I’m running 10.4.5.
However, thanks for going to all the work. Except for the icon bit, this is a neat little tool.
Comment by Scot W. Stevenson — March 25, 2006 @ 8:27 am
I ran this version and didn’t lose my icons, so I’m not sure what combination of circumstances lead to the problem. I’ve contacted the author.
Oops, i deleted the readme file for 3.3 with jessie’s contact details in it, can someone post them for me so i can recomend something and ask about something else? Unless someone here can help me? I dont really wanna know what was done once its done, so how can i stop the results appearing on the desktop? I cant view them either, used text edit to have a look, but it wouldnt let me. ALSO, can anyone explain why a simple “would you like to restart now” or auto restart wasnt added to 3.3 ? Seein as it recomends you restart after using. I added my own using automator, but why wasnt it included to begin with?
The user icon problem has been documented and is mentioned in the readme file of 3.4. It is due to the cache cleaning feature. If you have custom icons, its recommended that you do not use the cache cleaning feature until I work out the bugs.
I ran this and upon restart none of my login passwords work for my account or the other account on the computer. The password hint is correct, but it won’t accept the password. I’m locked out of my computer all of the sudden.
[…] Mac OS X oferuje znakomite narzÄ™dzie, jakim jest autmator, dlatego warto przyjrzeÄ‡ siÄ™ stronie Automator World gdzie oferowane sÄ… róÅ¼ne, gotowe skrypty dla Automatora. Szczególnie polecam Maintenance, który naprawia Permissions, sprawdza pliki ustawieÅ„ i wiele innych. […]
The addition of “automatic” restart seems to just add one more input needed by the user.If you use automator,and add the restart into a workflow along with maintenance, then you dont need to tell it if u want it to restart, it just does it. THATS automatic. To me, clicking something (like the ok at the start of maintenance) just means you have to actualy be at the desk to input things. I would LOVE it if the tasks could be set autmaticly, because then its a case of attatch it to an alarm in iCal, and it opens, selects and runs the tasks, and restarts with NO user input. Would be the icing on an already gorgeous cake to me !
[…] Maar waarom zelf doen als je ook maintenance 3.5 kunt gebruiken. Deze zal onder andere de rechten structuur repareren, voorkeurinstellingen verifieren etc etc. Zeer handig om eens per maand even grote schoonmaak te houden. […]
[…] Of course there are hundreds of little apps and widgets to make life easy (see Neat Little Mac Apps), and they really do, whether it is keeping codes aligned to apps and sites (Wallet) automatically inputting text (RapidoWrite), totally removing apps (Appzapper), putting a sleeper / alarm and fader on i-Tunes (Awaken) using widgets (clocks, system interface, games, dictionaries… you get the picture) that when called up float over the screen. Even better Automator allows you to make your own apps real easy (drop and drag)… or of course download others ready prepared (and mostly free) for example, run routine maintenance, heh… even a luddit like myself can develop simple repetitive actions in Automator (automator.us or automatorworld). […]