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Maintenance Tools


Yasu is the most simple system clean-up tool. I favor Yasu over Onyx for its simplicities. It executes following scripts at once:

  • Unix cron shell scripts
  • System cache cleaner script
  • Internet cache cleaner script
  • Log files cleaner scripts

Note that the image shows my usual settings.



The best search tool to go deep into where Mac OSX hides stuff.  This is a must-have.

OS X Spotlight does not search invisible system files. This tool brings back the good old OS9 Search functions. This tool is a must-have.

MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for Mac OS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking for. Most were windows that sat in a corner or on the desktop, which are inevitably obscured by document windows on a PowerBook's small screen. Those monitors which used the menubar mostly used the NSStatusItem API, which has the annoying tendency to totally reorder my menubar on every login.

Provides a graphical display of your RAM usage under Mac OS X. You can instantly see how full your RAM is getting. Optionally uses sound to signal pageouts and/or an increase in your swapfile count; these can be a sign that you need more RAM

GeekTool is a PrefPane (System Preferences module) for Panther or Tiger to show system logs, unix commands output, or images (i.e. from the internet) on your desktop (or even in front of all windows).

Use File mode to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/tmp/console.log or /var/log/system.log, or Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands like "df" to check space left on filesystems, "uptime" to monitor load of your machine... FInally, Image mode helps you monitor bandwith usage, CPU loads, memory availability of your server, via tools like MRTG or RRD.

AppleJack checks boot volume integrity, clear accumulated caches, and repair permission issues. It is one of the important preventative tools, and it is a great practice to run it once a week as you do with DiskWarrior.

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