Whenever I try to do a software update on OS X Snow Leopard, it gets to the point where it says it needs to restart, goes to the spacey background, and then sits there indefinitely.
I've tried booting from the OS install disk and doing permissions and file repairs (which did find and supposedly fix problems), but it still hangs.
Now I'm trying to update from the command line using
sudo softwareupdate -i -a. For maybe 10 minutes, it's been stuck at "Writing files..."
In a different terminal window, I ran
tail -f /var/log/install.log to see what it's doing. There it has hung at this:
Is there anything I can do to fix this other than a full wipe and reinstall?
With verbose output (the
-v flag in
sudo softwareupdate -i -a -v), I could see the program's progress in terms of percentages. The higher it got, the slower it went. It was repeating 99% when I left it for the night. In the morning I found it had been repeating 100% for hours. Time to try something else.