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Apple updates to Mac OS X 10.5.5

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon September 15, 2008

Mac OS X 10.5.5 update

Apple is now distributing the latest upgrade to Mac OS X, v10.5.5, through Software Update. The patch addresses a considerable number of aspects in the operating system, such as Mail, MobileMe and Address Book, as well as some "general" concerns, according to Apple's support notes. Some of these include Spotlight indexing, the reliability of iPhone sync with both iCal and Address Book, and problems with Macs powering on involuntarily at the same time every day. The update is sized anywhere between 136 and 353MB, depending on the number of minor patches already installed.

iCal has been updated to better deal with repeating events, and fix a number of other bugs, such as problems with syncing published calendars, and maintaining access to the "Refresh All" button. Address Book has been tweaked for issues with Smart Groups and printing multi-page cards, and MobileMe has had reliability enhanced for sync and the Back to My Mac feature.

Disk Utility should be more reliable when rebuilding a software mirror RAID volume, and Directory Utility has had server status improved. Mail updates are numerous, incorporating answers to problems like SMTP settings for services like AIM and Road Runner, RSS feeds disappearing from the sidebar, and IMAP messages bogging down performance.

Apple has lastly made adjustments to Time Machine, improving reliability with Time Capsule, and smoothing out the performance of both initial and ongoing backups. Bad warnings about drives lacking space have been eliminated, and iPhone backups are now saved alongside other items.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    An real and useful list of fixes! Will wonders never cease!

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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Please drop dead.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2nd it

    I second the above comment. Most people would consider someone who always has a negative opinion about everything that people are coming to the new site about that they are a troll. I don't go to Windows specific sites and complain about Windows. Maybe we all should?

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  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hes right tho

    Seriously, what a crock for a list. why not have some useful fixes.. ical? come on.

    Does it fix time machine going 'uh.. didn't work sorryz.'?

  1. tiger

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no graphics fix

    nice one apple...

  1. loveshismac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no mail sound?

    As soon as I updated, the notification sound for mew email in mac mail has suddenly stopped. Has anyone else had this problem? Any fixes?

  1. Mojo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OK, Testudo Has A Point..

    Usually Testudo is a Flaming A**hole and offers absolutely nothing to a discussion, but it is about time Apple provided an actual list of bug fixes...

    I agree with another person who had hoped that Finder issues would be addressed sooner than later. I have routinely experienced the Finder not responding to mouse clicks and the only fix is to relaunch the Finder. Granted, it might be the fault of the Kensington driver...

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Search 'Entire Message'

    Great, now in Mail, i can't search and click 'Entire Message'!! Grrr

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "he's right tho"

    even a blind squirrel finds an occasional acorn. not the point. he should leave for good. negativity, especially his kind - the never ending naysaying kind - is tired and worn.

  1. tliszt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OSX v10.5.5 : Problems!

    OSX v10.5.5 : NEW Permissions Problems!

    I just upgraded to OSX v10.5.5 (the 'right way' using the standalone installer from a restart into 'Safe mode.')

    Now I have problems with 'Disk Permissions' reported from Apple's Disk Utility.

    ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library/Preferences".
    ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root/Library".
    ACL found but not expected on "private/var/root".
    Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/" has been modified and will not be repaired.
    Warning: SUID file "user/bin/lppasswd" has been modified and will nto be repaired.
    Group differs on "private/etc/cups", should be 0, group is 26.
    Permissions differ on "private/var/spool/cups/cache/rss", should be drwxr-xr-x, they are drwxrwxr-x.

    I have repeatedly run the "Repair Permissions" routine, but the errors persistently appear.

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