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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > MORE UNIX MAINTENANCE

MORE UNIX MAINTENANCE

The Annoyance:

Okay, so I ran the Repair Disk Permissions and Repair Disk functions of Disk Utility, but my Mac is still a bit tired. I may be having temporal hallucinations, but startup also seems to take longer.

The Fix:

The fact that you start up in the morning means that you shut down your Mac at night, a laudable practice that conserves energy and saves you or your company money. However, it also means that the Mac is not running the Unix maintenance tasks that are set to run between midnight and dawn. (These tasks won't run if the Mac is asleep, either.) For instance, there are Unix scripts set to clear out unnecessary system files, make adjustments to certain files, and check log files. For example, one of these scripts deletes files in the /tmp directory every night. Other maintenance tasks are set to run weekly and monthly. If these Unix maintenance scripts aren't running because your Mac is powered off or in sleep mode at night, your Mac's performance could be rather sluggish.


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