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Subject:   Missing "periodic" command
Date:   2003-12-11 07:58:56
From:   anonymous2
Hi. Like the user below, I cannot find my periodic command. The directories specified below (/private/etc/periodic/ and /usr/sbin/periodic) are not on my machine. I certainly didn't purposely delete any system files, so I'm not sure why I'm missing commands. I've had problems before with not having certain commands that I thought were pretty basic (like info and grep). Who knows what happened. (My machine is a 500 mHz G3 iBook with OS 10.2.8)


My question is where do I go to download these commands, and how to I install them on my computer. Is it as simple as copying the two directories above from another machine with the same OS as mine and inserting them in the proper place on my machine?


Thanks for any help you can offer. Looks like my machine hasn't done periodic maintenance, like, ever, so I am anxious to get the command set up!

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Missing "periodic" command
    2003-12-24 08:23:18  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi !

    Ooops !

    The fact that such files and directories aren't on your Mac may simply indicate that you skipped the "BSD subsystem" part of the Mac OS X install process.

    Therefore, you may want to perform a custom install by using your Mac OS X install CDs ( or the Restore CDs that came with your iBook ) to install this component only. Then, re-run the latest Mac OS X "combo" updater available for your installation to make sure that it is up-to-date.

    I wouldn't recommend copying these files from another installation since this may be the symptom of a larger issue.

    Let me know if this helps !

    F.J.