PseudoAnacron
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PseudoAnacron... Mac OS X does some periodic maintenance tasks at specific times. There are daily, weekly, and monthly periodic tasks that are launched in the middle of the night. If your Mac is not powered up 24 hours a day, probably some (or all) of those tasks are never (or seldom) performed. You can find utilities around the net that allow you to manually launch those tasks, others (like anacron) that, once installed in the system, are repeatedly called to check any skipped cron task. PseudoAnacron takes a different approach: at login (it's a startup application) it checks if the periodic
What's New
Version 1.5.1: Added the administrator name field in preferences: now you can use PseudoAnacron with non-administrator accounts.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later



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RobK commented on 02 Jun 2008
I don't think this program is needed at all if you run Leopard as the Leopard launchd should run skipped jobs when the machine is next awake.

But if you are still running Tiger, this program should do the trick and make sure your computer is running the unix maintenance scripts at a regular interval.
[Version 1.5]

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JAW Software (developer) replied on 03 Jun 2008
Yes and no.
You can find some sources stating that in Tiger the launchd service (the cron substitute) can execute skipped tasks; nonetheless in many circumstances those tasks will not be executed (you can find a
description of this problem at this link: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/maintscripts.html). As a consequence PseudoAnacron is still useful under Tiger and Leopard.
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Doug Engelbart replied on 04 Nov 2009
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.
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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Sep 2005
This program is probably the easiest CRON script executor to use, that I have found. Follow the installation instructions, if you want to run CRON maintenance every time you restart, or just use it like a normal application, once in a while, like I do. It is a small, script file, so it is easy to download and to share. Previously I have used Cocktail and Maintain, both have their faults - Cocktail is updated far too frequently, doesn't repair permissions as well as it should, and is rather expensive as far as shareware goes - Maintain is too technical for most users, and has a lot of features which look far too dangerous for the average user to meddle with. PsuedoAnachron is is just a plain CRON script executor, nothing more or less. And that is why I like it.
[Version 1.4.1]


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Downloads:5,001
Version Downloads:2,435
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:02 Jun 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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PseudoAnacron... Mac OS X does some periodic maintenance tasks at specific times. There are daily, weekly, and monthly periodic tasks that are launched in the middle of the night. If your Mac is not powered up 24 hours a day, probably some (or all) of those tasks are never (or seldom) performed. You can find utilities around the net that allow you to manually launch those tasks, others (like anacron) that, once installed in the system, are repeatedly called to check any skipped cron task. PseudoAnacron takes a different approach: at login (it's a startup application) it checks if the periodic daily/weekly/monthly task was skipped and in that case the task is launched; after that, PseudoAnacron quits, wasting no more CPU cycles.


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