Basically I need the command softwareupdate -l to show at least 2 updates. I been downloading older versions of Xcode and Xcode command-line tools and so far I only managed softwareupdate -l to show 1 update required (Xcode command-line tools) and I need at least 2.

MacOS version: 10.15 Beta (19A471t).

Any help would be really appreciated!

  • If there’s only one update available, what do you propose the software do to show this “second” update?
    – Allan
    Feb 13, 2020 at 17:45
  • IIWY, I would d/l and install macOS Catalina 10.15.3 first!
    – klanomath
    Feb 13, 2020 at 17:51
  • @Allan First of all thanks for the edits. I just need softwareupdate -l to show two updates of whatever software of package. Feb 14, 2020 at 0:33
  • @klanomath going to try that, maybe it will show 2 updates, who knows. Thanks. Feb 14, 2020 at 0:33
  • Why do you need 2 random updates? This feels like an XY problem. Feb 16, 2020 at 5:21

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I'm pretty sure that softwareupdate is only going to show you the most recent update. It wants to update you from what you have to what's current, and it doesn't show other updates that might have happened in between.

If you want to download past versions of Xcode, you should go to Apple's developer site, where every version of Xcode since version 3.0 in 2007 is available. If you have a developer account, you can get them at http://developer.apple.com/download/more/. If you don't currently have a developer account, you can sign up for free at https://developer.apple.com/programs/

  • I been downloading a lot of stuff from developer.apple.com/download/more trying to somehow make softwareupdate -l show 2 updates are avaiable. I dont particularly need them to be from Xcode, I just need 2 random updates on softwareupdate -l. Thanks for the replay! Feb 14, 2020 at 0:40

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