Macaroni
Macaroni 2.1.1
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Performs OS X maintenance routines.   Free
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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
What's New
Version 2.1.1:
  • Minor bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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Macaroni User Discussion (Write a Review)
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artie505 commented on 10 Nov 2013
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."
[Version 2.1.1]


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Sgt_Bilko commented on 26 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Vitaly replied on 07 Sep 2012
i uninstalled it. if its not supported who knows what it can do...
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Ward replied on 03 Oct 2012
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'".
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Cgc replied on 10 Feb 2013
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.
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Lacwbo commented on 10 Oct 2011
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?
[Version 2.1.1]

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Amcarter3 replied on 07 Feb 2012
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.
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Amcarter3 replied on 24 Apr 2012
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.
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Smayer97 reviewed on 17 Aug 2011
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?
[Version 2.1.1]

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John-Sawyer-CJS replied on 23 Sep 2011
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.
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Smayer97 replied on 24 Sep 2011
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.
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Jab47 reviewed on 17 Feb 2011
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?
[Version 2.1.1]

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Adrian replied on 01 Mar 2011
Similarly, I'd lost my MondoMouse license file. So I contacted them to get a replacement. Sadly, it does look like they're gone.
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artie505 replied on 15 Nov 2013
They're gone, but their apps are still available, FREE, on their Website (complete with registration info). so if you're still in need...
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Adrian commented on 09 Dec 2010
Appalling customer service. A month with no reply whatsoever, despite several reminders. Avoid them like the plague
[Version 2.1.1]

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Gryphonent replied on 15 Feb 2011
And no updates in 3 years!! Still 32 bit. Sadly, Macaroni is dead.
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Adrian replied on 01 Mar 2011
Agreed. I'd contacted them re MondoMouse, which they had updated last year. But it's been another three months of silence.
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Dnobel reviewed on 05 Jul 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Syzzygy reviewed on 14 Apr 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.1]


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Mac007 commented on 10 Nov 2009
I can verify that the current version (2.1.1) works just fine under Snow Leopard (10.6.2).
[Version 2.1.1]

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Cdenesha replied on 11 Nov 2010
Since Snow Leopard has switched to launchd instead of cron, what is MAcaroni actually doing?
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Cdenesha replied on 11 Nov 2010
(where is the Edit button?)

I meant to continue and say that with launchd Snow Leopard automatically runs maintenance scripts on logon if it notices a missed schedule.
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alas! commented on 29 Aug 2009
Snow Leopard compatibility coming up? We'll see. I contacted the developer but he remains mum.
It would be a crying shame if he drops the ball on updates. None since January of '08.
[Version 2.1.1]

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wavenumber replied on 02 Sep 2009
Posted on their website on Aug 28:
"The answer is, very simply, "yes". The current versions of all of my software work just fine on Snow Leopard. No updates are needed, so you can keep using the version you have.
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Adrian had trouble on 02 Dec 2010
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.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Adrian replied on 01 Mar 2011
Another three months. Time to give up.
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Adrian had trouble on 13 Nov 2010
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
[Version 2.1.1]


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BBQ-ALLSTAR had trouble on 09 Mar 2006
Hrmmm...I get errors when trying to install latest. I had Macaroni 2.07b4 installed...tried installing newest 2.07 and I get "There were errors when trying to install...please try again".

I uninstalled the 2.07b4 and tried to re-install the newest, but ran into same problems...

I have new Intel iMac running 10.4.5

Anyone else having errors installing?
[Version 2.0.7]



Andy_M rated on 01 Aug 2012

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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 your Mac on all night, they never run. Your Mac won't wake from sleep to handle this. Macaroni solves this problem. If a scheduled maintenance task is not run when it's normally scheduled, Macaroni automatically ensures that it's run at the next opportunity, whenever the Mac is on.


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