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Note: Atomic Bird's Web site states, "Atomic Bird's Mac OS X titles have been discontinued and are now free. They may be downloaded and registered using information below. Note that this software is unsupported and may not work normally with the current version of Mac OS X." Users may use either the Download link or the Visit Developer's Site link to access the download, the registration name, and the serial number.

Macaroni is a tool which handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X's UNIX core. Normally these tasks run on a regular schedule, in the middle of the night. However if you don't leave more...

What's New

Version 2.1.1:
  • Minor bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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artie505 Member IconComment+88
artie505
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From Atomic Bird's Website: "Atomic Bird's Mac OS X titles have been discontinued and are now free. They may be downloaded and registered using information below. Note that this software is unsupported and may not work normally with the current version of Mac OS X."

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Version 2.1.1
Sgt_Bilko Member IconComment+49
Sgt_Bilko
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It's still working in Mountain Lion by the looks of it but clearly this is unsupported software judging by the other comments and lack of updates, so I'm even wondering if it is wise to keep it installed at this point.

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Version 2.1.1
Vitaly
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i uninstalled it. if its not supported who knows what it can do...

Ward
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Another clear indication that Atomic Bird is in a coma is that the home page still says "All of our products are compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'".

Cgc
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Still works like a champ. Not worried about it going beserk like Vitality but I can see how it could scare some people. When's the last time "ls" or "cp" was updated? Nobody knows but they don't need to be updated often and I'm thinking Macaroni is just a front end for CRON so I'm not worried.

Lacwbo Member IconComment+97
Lacwbo
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I have been using Macaroni for quite some time. I have sent two emails to the developer re: whether the current version is compatible with Lion but have received no answer. Can anyone answer that question for me?

Don't know if I want to continue to use it if Atomic Bird does not respond to inquires. Are they still around?

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Version 2.1.1
Amcarter3
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I'm a long time user too. I do not know what's going on with the Developer - I get no response either. It has always been a trusted pref app for me, but at this point, I'm starting to question it.

Amcarter3
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I am no longer questioning whether this app is or is not supported by the developer. It is NOT supported. That is really too bad.

Smayer97 Member IconReview+37
Smayer97
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I opened/installed Macaroni v2.1.1 a long time ago but immediately removed it when I saw that it offers little insight to what it is doing, unless you are a Unix person.

But I just noticed in my Console the following 3 repeating entries:

08/17/11 4:17:18 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
08/17/11 4:17:28 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool[23327]) posix_spawn("/Library/PreferencePanes/Macaroni.prefPane/Contents/MacOS/MacaroniTool", ...): No such file or directory
08/17/11 4:17:28 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool[23327]) Exited with exit code: 1


The repeat, over and over and over again, every 10 sec (per the log). Anyone know how to get rid of this?

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Version 2.1.1
John-Sawyer-CJS
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How did you remove Macaroni? Did you manually trash its prefpane rather than using the uninstall button in the prefpane itself? The reference to "No such file or directory" is what makes me think this might be the problem--something of Macaroni might remain unless you use its uninstall button. If you didn't already, reinstall it and then uninstall it using the prefpane's uninstall button.

Smayer97
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I did a right-click on the prefpane and selected "Remove..."


Since this was over a month ago, I had to dig through the system to find stray files. I also had to force quit Macaroni using Activity monitor.

Jab47 Member IconReview+12
Jab47
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I always liked macaroni. My computer crashed and I lost a lot of stuff including macaroni. I have writing to them requesting my registration number but get no answer. Are they gone forever?

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Version 2.1.1
Adrian
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Similarly, I'd lost my MondoMouse license file. So I contacted them to get a replacement. Sadly, it does look like they're gone.

artie505
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They're gone, but their apps are still available, FREE, on their Website (complete with registration info). so if you're still in need...

Adrian Member IconComment+74
Adrian
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Appalling customer service. A month with no reply whatsoever, despite several reminders. Avoid them like the plague

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Version 2.1.1
Gryphonent
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And no updates in 3 years!! Still 32 bit. Sadly, Macaroni is dead.

Adrian
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Agreed. I'd contacted them re MondoMouse, which they had updated last year. But it's been another three months of silence.

Adrian Member IconComment+74
Adrian
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Macupdate emailed them on 22nd November on my behalf. They ignored it.

I've used their websites 'Contact Us' form for the second time just to send a duplicate.

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Version 2.1.1
Adrian
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Another three months. Time to give up.

Adrian Member IconComment+74
Adrian
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I've tried to contact the developers three times (twice with email, once with their websites contact form) asking if I can get a replacement licence file. It's been two weeks and they have yet to reply. Anyone suggestions welcomed. Thanks

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Version 2.1.1
Dnobel Member IconReview+4
Dnobel
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I have been using this preference pane successfully for at least 5 years and pre Panther. As opposed to other utilities I use which take a kitchen-sink approach, Macaroni has a tightly focused suite of jobs which it performs seamlessly and flawlessly in the background. I suppose this is a function of its being a maintenance utility as opposed to a troubleshooting utility.

Macaroni automates the recommended housekeeping for OS X, plus adds some other benefits. After initial setup, it requires little or no follow-up or maintenance and has kept up with the evolution of the OS admirably. Set it a and forget it! I credit this little utility with allowing me to use my Mac over these past few years with extremely few issues.

Stable, cheap, efficient, well designed,and truly useful: This seems to be a paragon of what a utility should be.

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Version 2.1.1
Syzzygy Member IconReview+169
Syzzygy
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I've been using Macaroni for years now. It's never let me down; it's ALWAYS performed reliably and dependably, does the important maintenance jobs regularly, without issues.
Doesn't get any better than this!
Two thumbs up and 5 stars! Would all developers adhere to such an impeccable standard of excellence.

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Version 2.1.1
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Andy_M
Version 2.1.1
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Downloads 66,600
Version Downloads 19,618
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 07 Jan 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free