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Old 07-08-2008, 12:15 PM   #1
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mach kernel visible after 10.5.4 update

Hello,

A few days ago I ran the updater to 10.5.4. After the reboot, the installer script hung. I let it run for a couple of hours and the progress bar just didn't move. So, I was forced to power down my MacBook and then restart it.

Everything seemed fine. All my apps are running. About This Mac says I am running 10.5.4.

One teensy problem:
There is a file called mach_kernel.ctfsys visible in my Finder, and clearly it should be invisible.

I've tried to run the 10.5.4 combo updater again and it says my disk is not the right kind of volume.

Not a big deal, but I was just curious if anyone else had a problem with the update, and if anyone knows how to fix this problem...

Cheers!
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:55 PM   #2
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It became visible for me also. Set the invisible flag on it again with "sudo chflags hidden /mach_kernel.ctfsys".
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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Right on, that worked like a charm. Thank you. Did you also have a problem with the update, or did the file become visible after a successful update?
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:38 PM   #4
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If you powered down your computer before the installer finished, this did not execute:

Code:
#!/bin/sh

./Tools/SetFile -a V "$2/mach_kernel"
./Tools/SetFile -a V "$2/mach_kernel.ctfsys"

exit 0
This is one of the postflight scripts of the 10.5.4 update. It ensures that these two files are invisible post-install. A successful install should execute this script and hide those two files.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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Perhaps the installer script died right before the very last command there because only the .ctfsys files was visible...

Do you feel this is something I should run manually in the Terminal, then?
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:07 PM   #6
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You can if you want. File visibility won't affect anything, other than prevent you from accidentally messing with it in Finder.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:22 PM   #7
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Cheers Mikey-San.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:51 PM   #8
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Right on, that worked like a charm. Thank you. Did you also have a problem with the update, or did the file become visible after a successful update?

I had a successful update. For some reason that postflight script wasn't in my copy of the update. Major updates do come in several flavors, with Software Update analyzing the system to decide which is the smallest version that's sufficient. Most likely the smallest one (the "patch" version forgot to include it).
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