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AppleJack for Intel Macs

AppleJack is now available for Intel Macs. I've never installed AppleJack on my own machines, and it came out shortly after I stopped working as a Mac Genius, so I never tested it there.

I'm a little leery to install such a low-level tool, but it's been around for quite some1 time and I've not heard many bad things about it. Do you use AppleJack? How has your experience been?

  1. Though, since this is the first Intel release, I may still wait a version or two. []

5 Responses to "AppleJack for Intel Macs"

  1. I have had it installed on my old iMac for quite sometime, and thankfully I have only had to use it once. But it did what it advertised.

    I have it installed on my MacBook, but I haven't had to use it yet. No issues so far.

  2. I don't, because it's a "spaghetti test" tool. It doesn't help you troubleshoot or analyze. It lets you run a set of actions, usually all at once, and you hope they're all correct. That's not anything close to proper problem fixing.

  3. I agree is doesn't help you troubleshoot, but it sure saved my bacon!!!

  4. I run it once every two or three weeks. It's kind of like Cocktail, it clears out caches, checks preference files, etc.

    It's excellent for troubleshooting if you've got a laptop with a dead optical drive, or something. And a while back, I played a game that somehow deeply messed up a cache, or something...and upon rebooting after playing the game, I couldn't boot into the Finder. A deep clean in AppleJack (which generally isn't necessary) took care of whatever was wrong, and I could get into the Finder again.

    Sure, if you really want to track down whatever problem you're having, you can do that...but this generally lets you run a number of utilities, one after another, and in many cases just works. If you've still got a problem, troubleshoot...but why waste your time if it's just a cache that needs to be cleared, or a messed up preference file?

  5. I've had this installed on about 5-7 machines for over a year. I believe it only uses Apple's routines and Kristofer is really intense about it not causing any harm.

    Some may think it voodoo but I tend to run it after every system update.

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