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AppleJack Reviews1.6

13 July 2010

Troubleshooting/repair utility.

Dklawless
09 October 2009
Version: 1.5

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AJ Users (all thousands of you), Having used this application for years I can recall numerous times that this untility has save me countless hours of work. I just visited the developers site to find out he is in the same pinch as he was with the move to OS10.5. He is strapped for money to develop the update to Snow Leopard . Listed as FREEWARE he will accept donations. Please consider a donation to help him. It won't take much to fund a solution. EX: an external hard drive and Snow Leopard. The link is: . R/ Deaner
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5
Neal
10 February 2020
Version: 1.6
I've not had cause to run AJ for quite a few years. I did contribute a small donation, years and years ago, and I am pleasantly surprised to find that in 2020 it is still valid for certain restoration tasks. However, I'm here because I cannot complete a Catalina upgrade from Mojave or blank disk without Disk Utility, First Aid telling me there are directory faults. My Question for today is: Will Applejack work with Catalina's new separatist disk structure ?
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artie505
21 January 2019
Version: 1.6
Even though Applejack appears to still clear caches, I'm skeptical about the job it's doing, because Apple has added, deleted, and moved caches over the years. I'm sure it's doing something, but I doubt that it's what people think it's doing.
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artie505
21 January 2019
Version: 1.6
Although Applejack's website links to SourceForge for v 1.7, SF delivers v 1.6. Anybody know what's up with that?
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Eric•Woehler
22 July 2017
Version: 1.6
Just installed 1.7b as per posting etc below, working under Sierra 10.12.6 - but unable to repair permissions (I suspect framework MIA due to Apple) and removing the swapfiles function doesn't work, but deep clean still deep cleans and other functions also working, so was glad I spent the 15 minutes getting this installed (1.6), upgraded (1.7b) and working. Longest time was spent triple-checking script attributes/permissions with BatchChmod to make sure I didn't have to re-login as root.

Instructions below by sickteddybear re installing and replacing 1.6 with 1.7 very good.

Just type 'applejack' in singe user mode (cmd-s) after the system text has fllled several screens and choose from specific options (1-5) or run 'Auto'.

Once done, hit 'r' to restart your Mac. sweet!
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Zarquon
25 November 2016
Version: 1.6
Just tested under macOS 10.12 Sierra after installing the 1.7 update described below by SickTeddyBear, and it works great. No need even to type in the path; simply type "Applejack" in Single User Mode, and everything works as expected, except for Repair Permissions, which is no longer needed anyway.
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kbootsyb
07 October 2016
Version: 1.6
I ran Applejack. To run parts 3 & 5 to clean the Cache and the memory, you need a apple password. I bought the computer used and don’t have the Apple ID or Apple ID’s from the previous owner or owners. Can I get around this so I can run these two parts of the program? Thanks…
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5
Svenster
01 April 2016
Version: 1.6
This really is an amazing product. 6 years after it ceased being updated I found myself in a situation where my laptop running OSX 10.11.4 and my mouse arrow lost its ability to left click on anything. rendering the input unavailable. No input devices had left click functionality. Not the Trackpad nor any usb mouse connected to it. And this was the issue across all logins. It was a bit of a problem. Now I was a seriously heavy user of AppleJack also on every computer i have managed. But I haven't even booted into it with this OS before. So I fired it up and run the remove cache routine and checked for corrupt preferences and asked it to reboot. And it did and the issue was resolved!! Quite an amazing product.
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0.5
fwilkinson
02 November 2015
Version: 1.6
shit
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Tlance
10 October 2015
Version: 1.6
Still works on El Capitan! (Not performing permissions step.) Must enter path yourself at prompt: /private/var/root/Library/Scripts/applejack.sh
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Ward
16 March 2015
Version: 1.6
I just discovered I overlooked installing AppleJack on my new iMac running 10.10..2. I'm now faced with choosing between the formal 1.6 release from 2010 or the "untested and unreleased" 1.7 update offered by Negritude on Oct 28, 2013 (see below). Which should I pick?
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Penguirl
22 February 2015
Version: 1.6
Applejack and DiskWarrior were my go to utilities, I even skipped 10.7 just so I wouldn’t lose the use of Applejack. Now many people are saying that it still works through 10.10 but I have to wonder if it is completely safe and here is why: I remember with each new upgrade (vs update) version of OS X would be followed by an update to Applejack. I never upgraded until the corresponding v. of Applejack was released. And after 10.6 the developer said (paraphrasing here) he could not keep up with all the under the hood changes with each new version of OS X so he was going to stop development of Applejack. So if the developer couldn’t keep up with the continuous changes in OS X for whatever reason, and ended development for that reason, how can it possibly still be safe to use?
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Tlance
14 November 2014
Version: 1.6
WooHoo! Or whatever it is the kids say these days. Just tried this on Yosemite and it works! Two caveats: 1) didn't try Permissions as that has been borked for several versions; 2) at the prompt, instead of typing "applejack" you must type the path. If you do a standard Applejack install you would type (minus the quotation marks) "/private/var/root/Library/Scripts/applejack.sh" and then hit "return". YMMV but I got the hint from several google hits.
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5
Desterwallaboo
27 February 2014
Version: 1.6
Used this a lot under 10.4 and 10.5..... anyone know if this works under 10.9?
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5
Marcossi
16 January 2014
Version: 1.6
Saved my a** many times! A must have, and it's FREE. I would not mind giving a donation, but there is no option to do that.
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SickTeddyBear
28 October 2013
Version: 1.6
FYI, there is an untested and unreleased update to 1.7. See the full script here: http://applejack.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/applejack/applejack/applejack.sh?revision=1.150&content-type=text%2Fplain See the differences between 1.6 and 1.7 here: http://applejack.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/applejack/applejack/applejack.sh?view=diff&r1=text&tr1=1.150&r2=text&tr2=1.149&diff_format=h Download the script here: http://applejack.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/applejack/applejack/applejack.sh?revision=1.150 Update the script in Terminal using these commands: sudo cp -f ~/Downloads/applejack.sh /private/var/root/Library/Scripts sudo chmod u=rwx,go= /private/var/root/Library/Scripts/applejack.sh sudo chown root:wheel /private/var/root/Library/Scripts/applejack.sh
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SickTeddyBear
28 October 2013
Version: 1.6
AppleJack continues to work under OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): 1. Disk repair with fsck is working fine. 2. Clearing of caches both system-wide and per-user is working fine. 3. Validation of plist files both system-wide and per-user is working fine. 4. Clearing of the system swap file, including deletion of the safe sleep image on laptops and desktops that have hibernation enabled is working fine. 5. Automatic execution via both the regular "auto" and deep clean "AUTO" parameter is working fine. 6. Execution of additional special functions, including memory testing via memtest, is working fine. The only thing that doesn't work: 1. Repairing permissions, and this does not in any way put your system at any risk. It simply fails to start, but then AppleJack continues to operate as normal, including in auto/AUTO mode, going on to the next task. I would say that despite the fact that this script is "obsolete", and superseded by the recovery partition in Lion and above, it is still a very useful tool to keep in your Mac troubleshooting and maintenance arsenal. In particular, and I have mentioned this before, but the clearing of caches when in single-user mode is a much more thorough approach than what Yasu, Onyx, TinkerTool System, and other trusted apps provide. Despite the program being "broken", I'm still giving it 5-stars across the board, and sending out a huge THANK YOU to it's former developer, Kristofer Widholm. He provided us with an invaluable tool that kept our machines in shape for many years. Please don't consider this blasphemy, but in terms of the larger Apple and specific Mac community, all I want to say to Kristofer is, thank you for your service.
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Tlance
24 October 2013
Version: 1.6
Working here on Mavericks! I did not test Permissions as I haven't trusted that in several versions. But all other functions looked perfectly fine.
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Pixelbender
26 July 2013
Version: 1.6
I've been administering & maintaining Macs for over 20 years. I consider Applejack, and the combination of Applejack and Memtest absolutely essential for troubleshooting Snow Leopard (& earlier) machines. I can't comment on Lion or above. Yet, from this forum it looks like some have used it with success. Cheers to the developer for all his work over the past many years. It's distressing that Apple has configured the new OSX so as to render this tool difficult to update. I have contributed through Paypal to the developer and I certainly will continue to do so if someone else picks up the project. For those of us who still have a 10.6 volume, I highly recommend Applejack.
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Gaberdine
18 June 2013
Version: 1.6
From 10.4 through to 10.6 AppleJack has save my mac more times than I care to admit. I has never crashed or failed in its task. AppleJack is quite simply the Boss. Do not pay attention to the *morons* below who gave half a star because the dev has finally ceased work on the project after years of excellent work and support - all for free. He only stopped because: a) Lion already had a recovery partition built in, and b) Apple won't answer enquiries about changes to Single User Mode. So. If you have 10.7 or above you probably don't need AppleJack and it is not designed to work beyond 10.6.8... unless you know what you are doing, leave it alone. MacUpdate should "update" their information accordingly. But anybody still running an OSX machine up to and including 10.6.8 should install this for emergencies and rate it 5 stars. Then see about making a donation to the dev...
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pa-geographer
18 June 2013
Version: 1.6
The developer officially ended all work as of Jan 28, 2013. Read his post on Sourceforge here (scroll to near the bottom): http://sourceforge.net/p/applejack/discussion/271611/thread/e2bee929/ The source code is available if anyone wants to develop it further. That being said, if you're still using Snow Leopard or earlier, the last "official" version, 1.6, works very well. Highly recommended.
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Macbaldy
25 January 2013
Version: 1.6
I've been waiting for a declaration of version upgrade status too since I moved to Lion. However, except for the easy clearing of caches, most of AppleJack's functionality can now be performed on drives using 1.7.x and newer. Since Lion, the Mac OS X system installs a hidden recovery partition. From Lion's System Help: "Mac OS X Lion comes with a built-in recovery disk that you can use to reinstall Mac OS X, repair a disk, restore from a Time Machine backup, and more. To use the recovery disk, restart your computer while holding down the Command (⌘) and R keys." I assume that Mountain Lion's Help has a similar statement. This recovery partition lacks a full system but it includes its own copy of Disk Utility which can run Verify/Repair Disk Permissions and/or Verify/Repair Disk on the Startup Volume; no need for an external resource. Aside from system changes that apparently obstruct further AppleJack updates, the existence of this new built-in workaround has left AppleJack in thankless limbo for Kristofer Widholm. I've been using since Mac OS X 10.2. I miss it but I'm not surprised at this quasi-demise.
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0.5
Foulger
28 December 2012
Version: 1.6
Looks like Applejack is finally dead past Snow Leopard. However Tinker Tool System is a great substitute, not quite to seamless but great never the less. Once its installed, one types tts in s.u.m and the menu comes up.
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Penguirl
21 December 2012
Version: 1.6
Applejack has been my go to utility for years, it is so dependable that I am hesitant to upgrade from Snow Leopard and lose the use of Applejack. Apple should have purchased Applejack years ago and included it on every system, or at least with AppleCare. Applejack is far more useful than TechTool Deluxe.
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Sleek
15 November 2012
Version: 1.6
This is best OSX Maintenance Program Ever for Mac 10.4 to 10.6X. I use it on mac 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6.8operating systems and it has always fixed issues on every system I have.
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Steve K
03 November 2012
Version: 1.6
Applejack saved my ass a couple times last year. I'm sad to see it go. It was fun while it lasted.
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0.5
pjonesCET1
28 October 2012
Version: 1.6
I am a member of SourceForge that Host. AppleJack. The Developer has thrown in the towel. He said due to changes in the system. and Apple Policies. he has given up. 1.6 is the last version. ever.
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0.5
pjonesCET
06 September 2012
Version: 1.6
Up until Snow Leopard (OSX.6.8) I would have given 5 star rating. But tried on Mountain Lion (OSX.8) it gave all kinds of Warning and recommended me not to run program. the warning were in Bright yellow and one mentions can't find some items. For Mountain Lion (OSX.8) I'll have to give no rating. Stay away in condition its in or lowest allowed for Mountain Lion (OSX.8) it would be destructive. Until they come out with a new version for MT Lion and above I don't recommend it.
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0.5
Foulger
23 August 2012
Version: 1.6
I too can vouch for Mountain Lion Cache Cleaner which has an excellent single user mode script which works very well. I doubt now whether applejack will ever be resurrected as obviously the author has declined to comment for going on a year now. So MLCC is the answer, being excellent value for money and has a comprehensive range of utilities and scripts and a very reasonable price.
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Ronl
07 August 2012
Version: 1.6
Too bad it isn't supported in Mountain Lion.
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4.5
Brian-tully
03 August 2012
Version: 1.6
Such a helpful tool.
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Igreg
30 July 2012
Version: 1.6
A lot of apple freeware software developers are like lone wolf monks. You hear not a peep out of them for ages then suddenly they announce an update. Not meant as a criticism, just an observation.
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Bigboysdad
30 July 2012
Version: 1.6
Having upgraded to Mountain Lion, I’m having to replicate Applejack’s functionality through repairing the disk with the in built Recovery Partition, then using Cocktail (the final non beta Mountain Lion version of Onyx isn’t out yet). I was still very happy to use version 1.6 under Lion, but can anyone verify what happens when used with Mountain Lion? Is it exactly the same as when used with Lion? The above routine certainly works, but it’s not as simple or quick as using good old Applejack. I’m just not brave enough to try it out on Mountain Lion and be the proverbial canary down the coal mine.
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Phoenix1506
23 July 2012
Version: 1.6
No update for Lion and it's really broken in Mountain Lion. Great Application but with no further development you might as well delete it from all the download sites. How many years do you wait until the Application is deemed unviable?
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edosphere
17 May 2012
Version: 1.6
Hi, I actually a problem with this App... I install normaly, tapp "a" on my keyboard for lunching AUTO MODE. After 6 hours (yes... 6 hours...) there is only some points which display on my black screen every 3 minutes... I really don't know what to do.... Any ideas? Thank you very much !
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Foulger
06 May 2012
Version: 1.6
I stand corrected on the comment regarding two years - no excuses for that I guess I was subconsciously thinking of the time between 1.4 and 1.6. So apologies to all for this comment. However, reading the very active review/comments column, its quite clear that there is a groundswell of folk who really think this application is essential. I for one cannot understand why the developer has not responded in any way. I remember whenLion first came out he was talking about borrowing a mac with Lion on it and worlds to the effect that he didn't think it would be very difficult to update the app.
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Aargl
30 April 2012
Version: 1.6
I've used it only once, years ago, to recover lost partitions which ALL other utilities didn't see! So it was a last chance trial and it worked!!! So yes, this is essential: install it and forget it until the day you might need it! I haven't tested it since I updated to Leopard, but I wonder if it would be faster to fix permissions (as you might know it's awfully slow on PPC Leopard). Anyone tried?
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3.5
Foulger
22 March 2012
Version: 1.6
TWO YEARS WITHOUT A LION UPDATE. SORRY APOTEK I WONT SUPPORT YOUR PRODUCT ANY LONGER
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SickTeddyBear
23 December 2011
Version: 1.6
I did some further testing of AppleJack with Lion, and while permissions repair does not work, using the program in "auto" or "AUTO" mode is OK, as the failure does not cause a halt to the script. It simply notes the failure and continues on to the next task, no harm done. I also used the included "memtest" application to test newly installed RAM, and that also worked the same as before. So, people should feel free to go ahead and use AppleJack the same way as they did under Snow Leopard. The only thing that's broken is permissions repair. Everything else works OK, including memtest and auto/AUTO mode. One last tip, when booted into OS X normally, if you want a quicker way to repair permissions without having to start disk utility, you can do it at the command line in Terminal like this: diskutil repairPermissions devicename Use the "df" command to find the device name for your drive, so that the final command looks like this: diskutil repairPermissions /dev/disk0s2 I made a simple shell script called "repairperms" containing that command, and I now use that instead of firing up disk utility when I want to repair permissions. Once again, this only works when booted into OS X normally, not in single-user mode.
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Scottlep
07 December 2011
Version: 1.6
It's very ignorant of people to slam the developer for not releasing an update as fast as they think it should be released. The developer provides an excellent FREE tool, but because he doesn't get it updated as fast as you want you bad mouth him? Extremely ignorant!!!! For the people slamming Apotek, why don't you try to develop a free tool that is as good as Applejack in your spare time???
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4.5
Foulger
26 November 2011
Version: 1.6
Apotek is becoming apothetic unfortunately. It really is just to negligent of the developer not to fix such an important tool for OS X Lion. If he cant or wont do it - hand it to someone who will. Quite irresponsible!
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gbdoc
02 November 2011
Version: 1.6
Simply want to add my praise for AJ! While rarely needed, sometimes it's the only useful tool. Really glad to hear it works on Lion, except for perms (a minor issue, see below), but I, too, plead with the developer to never, never, never abandon the project.
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Foulger
25 October 2011
Version: 1.6
The only criticism I have is that the developer is just so slow to update for new OS's. This is such an important tool that the developer should be reminded PLEASE - you are providing such an essential tool that you have a duty to kep it up to date. Every time there;s a revision I donate more and I am sure that more people would have the same mindset if the developer came to the party. PLEASE lets have an early Christmas Present
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SickTeddyBear
17 October 2011
Version: 1.6
I took the plunge and tested AppleJack with Lion. Everything works except for permissions repair, and because of that the auto mode also doesn't work. The most important thing is that it is safe to use with Lion in manual mode, without any updates. While the ability to use disk utility in recovery mode somewhat eliminates the need for disk repair and permissions repair at the command line, AppleJack simply can't be replaced for the thoroughness of it's ability to remove caches, not only for the general system, but individual user accounts. There is no substitute for being able to wipe those out when the full system isn't running. It actually does a better job than GUI cache cleaning tools that you run normally.
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Bigboysdad
16 October 2011
Version: 1.6
I was having a problem cloning my drive because the dyld cache would just not update and after using the excellent Onyx to fix the dyld issue, the problem would not go away. It was only Applejack that resolved this issue for me. Lion's Recovery Repair Partition just wasn't an option in getting this resolved quickly, or even at all. Even when on my Lion operating system, which Applejack has not been updated for, it remains truly indispensable.
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Donmontalvo
12 October 2011
Version: 1.6
The more people ask the developer to update Applejack to support Lion, the greater the chances we will get it. Applejack is one of the best tools out there. We rely on it for our road warriors, so I support the developer (send whatever you can, every bit helps - I'm off to send a second donation). Don Montalvo
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FreakyTJ
09 September 2011
Version: 1.6
Great back-end utility for Mac. Thank you for this tool! Simple quick install and simple to utilize. This hidden gem is tucked away in the under core of the OS and runs several diagnostic and repair functions to keep you Mac churning along. Developer has kept it up to date except for Lion support. Other than that great utility to have.
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Shk747
07 September 2011
Version: 1.6
best app, everybody needs it ! hi apotek, please update to lion soon, as tinkertool system has such a liontool included .. "it's tts after starting with cmd s
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umaromc
31 August 2011
Version: 1.6
Applejack just saved me again! As another noted, it won't repair permissions (Mac OS X 10.7.x) but it repaired my hard drive (ran 'applejack auto')! Had mismatched file count in incorrect volume number!
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Maccog
31 August 2011
Version: 1.6
I hope this gets updated for Lion because it's my go-to maintenance and pre-install tool.
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Chas-m
08 August 2011
Version: 1.6
Dear Apotek: At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I'd really appreciate it if we didn't have to wait over a year for a fully-Lion-compatible version of this wonderful tool this time. Thank you.
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