Terminal 101: Software Update

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Bucko

Thanks for those, very useful.

Do you know how I can schedule the updates to run when in the middle of the night when we are all asleep? I tried putting the command in a shell script in automator (so I could run the automator script from an iCal event) but got a 'no tty and no password' error, which I don't understand!

Thanks in advance

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Mr. Happypants

Are there switches to check for updates first, and only install some of them, or is an All or Nothing proposition through the Terminal?

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corybohon

Run the following command to see a list of all available updates (that's a lowercase "L", by the way): 

sudo softwareupdate -l 

This will "list" the available updates. To install one of the available updates, simply use the following command: 

sudo softwareupdate -i x

Replace x above with the title of the update listed by the previous command (for instance, iTunes 10.6.1, etc.).

 

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