Panther Maintenance Tips
Subject:   Panther Maintenance Tips
Date:   2003-11-28 06:50:49
From:   jthen
Response to: Panther Maintenance Tips

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


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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Panther Maintenance Tips
    2003-11-28 08:24:24  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    First of all, thanks for the kind words, I really do appreciate them !

    When it comes to performing such basic tasks, I usually prefer to use the Terminal since it doesn't require me to install a third-party application and gives me more flexibility.

    However, you're right : there are some good utilities that perform these tasks with a nice interface — most of them simply run an AppleScript™ that executes the same commands.

    Unfortunately, I cannot comment on their features but, as long as they run the exact same commands, they should have the same effects.

    You may want to perform a search in a Mac-related forum to gather some more information about the various options. The AppleCare discussion forums ( ) are, in my experience, the best place to find such answers.

    • Panther Maintenance Tips
      2004-01-14 08:31:51  anonymous2 [View]

      Hallo, I should note this O'Reilly Network article on regular maintenance for Panther for future reference. In two ebooks I have not once repaired permissions or forced periodic maintenance in OS X