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I updated a 2009 MacBook to OS X 10.9.5. It was running a version of 10.9, but I don't recall which one. After the update, commands like ls went missing. I tried a Repair Permissions via Disk Utility, but it was no help. I'm guessing it was a botched update.

I'm trying to perform a reinstall without the DVD. I'm following Reinstall OS X Without CD/DVD or Apple ID (but I have the Apple ID). I boot with CMD+R and I jump through all the hoops.

At the final install step, I receive an error The item is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later. I've been trying to do this for the last 2 hours or so, so I'm guessing its not going to be available anytime soon.

I found one previous question for The item is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later. Unfortunately, none of the answers really provide instructions on how to proceed. They are more like guesses at what could be wrong, and prayers hoping things will correct themselves.

How do I proceed?


I have two MacBooks. One is the MacBook discussed above, and the other is a MacBook Pro. Both of them are now broken due to Apple processes. I really need one of them to work.

  • Are you able to reinstall from the App Store? Under purchases the OS should appear. – Parag Dec 18 '15 at 23:48
  • Most common cause of ls not working would appear to be that the path was overwritten. Page full of google results would agree - google.co.uk/… – Tetsujin Dec 19 '15 at 6:50

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