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I was downloading the Mojave installer using the following command:

sudo softwareupdate --fetch-full-installer --full-installer-version 10.14.6

When the download reached about 50%, I had to cancel it by keyboard interrupt. My system storage is now reduced by 3GB, and I can't seem to find any partial downloads in /Applications/.

So how do I delete the partially downloaded installer to recover the lost space?

  • Why not resume the download so the system cleans up and drops all the data into /Applications? A reboot often will clean the partial downloads without messing, but if you are not low on disk space, I think it keeps it in case you resume later. – bmike Sep 26 '20 at 13:43
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man softwareupdate says that

Updates are downloaded to /Library/Updates

Can you check and see if it's at this location?

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