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Anacron runs the periodic daily, weekly and monthly tasks on your Mac even if the machine (a laptop, for example) spends much of its time asleep or switched-off. Anacron silently checks when you reboot and every sixty minutes while the computer is running to see if the various periodic scripts are overdue, and runs them if necessary. The advantage of Anacron over many other solutions to this issue is that it runs as a proper Unix background process, requires no user intervention, and uses the regular periodic scripts, including /etc/daily.local, /etc/weekly.local and /etc/monthly.local.

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Version 3.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Jab47 Member IconComment+12
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I am trying to remove this but am having problems following the instructions that came with the installer. I am getting permissions denied a lot

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Version 3.3
Doug Engelbart Member IconComment+133
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Thank you, Ilgaz. But then Apple should offer an option in Leopard where users can define their ideal, regular cron time. Otherwise that's suboptimal and not user-friendly at all.

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Version 3.3
Ilgaz Member IconComment+522
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You don't need it on Tiger and Leopard if you never, ever shutdown your machine and put it to sleep instead of shutting down.

For many of desktop users, ''sleep'' is a convinience during daytime where they really don't use their computer. At night, most of them will shut it down since there is NO POINT of putting a desktop machine to sleep overnight just to save 10-20 secs. We don't use Windows, OS X has some amazing tricks which makes boot process faster than anything.

So if your machine was powered off every 3:15 AM instead of sleep, the maintenance scripts will never run. Install anacron if you don't want that situation.

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Version 3.3
Doug Engelbart
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Hi; is there a tool to change the point of time at which Leopard automatically runs its maintenance cron scripts? Sometimes I'm still working at 03:15 am, so it would be better if the crons run at 06:00 am, for example.

Ilgaz
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There were utilities like "Lingon" to set/hack the launchd daemon configurations but I am not sure if they will work fine on current OS X. They already warn against changing system launch daemon configurations.

Doug Engelbart
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Thank you, Ilgaz. But then Apple should offer an option in Leopard where users can define their ideal, regular cron time. Otherwise that's suboptimal and not user-friendly at all.

Atalantia Member IconComment+44
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I'm not shure if its running on 10.5

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Version 3.3
Atalantia
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OK I see... no need for this on 10.5

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What happens if I don't think about Anacron running in the background and I put my iBook to sleep just when it is running daily, weekly or monthly?

I assume these jobs are meant to not be interrupted once they have started. So although Anacron sounds convenient I fear that it could mess up. Isn't it then better to start these jobs manually?

Just asking! This is not a claim that what I fear is correct in any way.

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Version 3.0
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It will not run on my Dual USB G3 iBook 500! The agony, the agony! What does it take to get it to work?!? This sounds like a great solution.

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Version 3.0
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And yes I am running 10.4. 10.4.1 actually.

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Is this from the same author of the previous OS X anacron port at Alistair's place? Does it matter if I install 3.0 over 2.3?

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Version 3.0
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Reliable, faultless, also in Mac OS X 10.4 - I have been using Anacron quite for a while. Helps mainly to keep the logfiles in /private/var/log small. Otherwise only useful to command-line users, because it keeps the locate- und whatis-databases up to date.

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Version 3.0
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Downloads 8,156
Version Downloads 3,337
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 14 Nov 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free