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MacJanitor allows you to manually startup daily, weekly, and monthly cron maintenance scripts. These scripts are important when keeping MacOS X in "good shape". Usually, these scripts are set to automatically launch at times of the day when little activity occurs. However, if your Mac is turned off during these times, then the maintenance scripts don't have a chance to run.

What's New

Built for Panther and higher (Tiger compatible).Uses the 'periodic' tool instead of running the tasks directly.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2.2 or later

*Previously available here

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Mac007 Member IconComment+198
Mac007
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Both download and developer's links are broken. A good app but it looks like it's been discontinued.

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Version 1.3
Aargl Member IconComment+354
Aargl
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I share the point of view of the last reviewer, but I've noticed something in Leopard (on an iMac G5):
The routines seem to run, be it with Mac Janitor or Onyx, but if you look at the logs in the console (/var/log/daily.out, monthly.out and weekly.out), they don't seem to be changed after running the scripts. (the daily log was full of things from one year ago that weren't erased when I was running the script)
So I ran them in root user account after having trashed those files from within the Console and I got new clean logs...
I don't know if it's useful or not but that's the way to do it. ;-)

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Version 1.3
Rsmacupdate Member IconReview+48
Rsmacupdate
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I just wanted to share my experience with this little tool. I have been using it on all my Macs for years and have never had a problem. I currently have a 15" Early 2008 2.5 GHz Intel Core2 Duo MBP w/6GB RAM and a 640GB HDD running Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard.

The application isn't as robust as Onyx or TinkerTool or Cocktail, but is faithfully does what it was designed to do. The "Features" area is the only area that I hesitated in giving it a 5. This is because I couldn't decide whether to rate it based on it's design intent or comparatively with TinkerTool and others. If it is compared with other applications that we designed to do more than it's Features rating would be low (probably a "1") as it doesn't do nearly as much as the others. If it is rated based upon what it was designed to do then it would be a "5". I decided to split the difference between the two and rate it a "2.5" for features. I rated it a "5" overall in consideration that it was never designed to do the set of tasks that "Onyx" and others were. To the Developer: I want to thank yo for this little app as it has faithfully done what you designed it to do for years and I (and I believe others are as well) am very grateful to you for creating it. Thank you and may God bless you!!!

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Version 1.3
Micg Member IconReview+37
Micg
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Awful. Caused my system to lock up with the newer release.
Messes up things.

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Version 1.3
Rsmacupdate
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I've used this for literally years on my Macs including my current 15" 2.5 GHz Early 2008 MBP w/6GB and 640GB HDD running Mac OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard and a host of applications. I have NEVER had a problem attributable to MacJanitor. I thought another user experience should balance out this users. I just ran it while I am writing this review and no problems. I am not sure why this user had problems, but I haven't had ANY with this application.

Bruce-Juice Member IconComment+14
Bruce-Juice
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This was my #1 utility program on my PPC Mac. Now I have a Intel Mac and unfortunately this app hasn't been compiled as an UB and doesn't work on Intel.

I've given up and now using OnyX which does everything I need to keep my Mac running smoothly.

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Version 1.3
Rsmacupdate
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It works fine on my Intel Core2 Duo MBP.

Aceinthehole
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Rsmacupdate -- you were able to get it working because you installed Rosetta on your Mac, which is Apple's software package to run legacy software on the Snow Leopard. I'm not willing to do that though ... I want my software to be designed and compiled for the latest version of OSX.

PrincessGeek Member IconComment+1
PrincessGeek
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Found this is the best because it's free and it does the work! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!

I'm recommending this to my clients, family, friends, and students because they need to learn that maintenance is just as important as purchasing the right computer . . . Mac Rules!

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Version 1.3
mmac
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Waiting for 10.4.8 & for Intel too.
Thanks for great and free stuff.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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... this new version runs fine under 10.4.1. does a fine job

however, if you aren't queasy about droping into 'single user' mode, take a look at AppleJack 1.4.1. (it's free)

It does any of 5 maintenance jobs -- some of which no freeware can perform under OS 10.4.x

As a bonus, you can listen to your G5's fans run wild for a minute or so.

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Holy fsck Batman…the best of the best is back :-)

I always recommend this UNIX "clearing house" application to folks just for the simple reason it's simple and they can't "screw anything up" by using it (i.e. unlike some other UNIX tools). Don't get me wrong, Onyx is great and I use it but, the average person just needs a little house cleaning it they turn their Mac off when not in use…

Great job…again :-)

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Like a phoenix, back from the ashes! Nice.

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Compatible with OS 10.4.1

runs only cron maintenance scripts -- singly or altogether

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Version 1.2.1
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Downloads 94,796
Version Downloads 57,528
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 May 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free