Panther Maintenance Tips
Subject:   Panther Maintenance Tips
Date:   2003-11-26 11:31:00
From:   F.J.
Response to: Panther Maintenance Tips

Hi !

Mac OS X v. 10.2 should be able to use this command without any issue unless, of course, some of the necessary files have been manually removed.

You may want to make sure that the following files and folders exist :

[Hard drive] -> private -> etc -> periodic -> daily
[Hard drive] -> usr -> sbin -> periodic
[Hard drive] -> usr -> bin -> sudo

Would all of them exist, your Mac should be able to perform the command. You may want to make sure that you entered the command without any typo for example, spaces at the end of the line or two spaces between the words.


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  • Panther Maintenance Tips
    2003-12-23 08:07:23  cselkirk [View]

    Whitespace is allowed in any place on the line (that includes after and between command options parameters), the only exclusion to this rule is within filenames (which would need to be either quoted or the space escaped). The following are functionally identical:

    ls file\ with\ spaces
    ls file\ with\ spaces
    ls "file with spaces"
    export $A_SPACE=" " # or setenv A_SPACE " "
    ls ${A_SPACE}${A_SPACE}${A_SPACE}file\ with\ spaces${A_SPACE}${A_SPACE}

  • Panther Maintenance Tips
    2003-11-28 06:50:49  jthen [View]

    i found your maintenance tips to be very useful and informative. but i do hv a question. instead of running those maintenance tips (forced periodic maintenance) via Terminal, would i be able to attain the same efficacy if i were to use software utilities that do the same functions? a utility like Brian Hill's MacJanitor, perhaps, which can be found at