How to schedule Macintosh LiveUpdate 5.x for all users

Article:TECH103294  |  Created: 2007-01-02  |  Updated: 2013-11-11  |  Article URL
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In Mac OS X you can have multiple users set up to use one computer. When you schedule LiveUpdate 5.x to run, you are scheduling it only for the user currently logged in. Scheduled events only run when the user who scheduled the event is logged in, unless that user is root.


Macintosh OS X

Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh, versions 12.1 RU3 and older.


NOTE: The following instructions apply only to SEP 12.1 RU3 for Macintosh (LiveUpdate 5.x) and earlier. As of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 RU4 (LiveUpdate version 6.0) LiveUpdate events that are scheduled in that version will occur no matter what user is logged on.

To schedule LiveUpdate 5.x for Macintosh for all users, log on as root and use the Symantec Scheduler through the product GUI. Alternatively, you may run the symsched command as root in a terminal prompt. See Guide to symsched Command-line Switches. To see the command line that is used by a scheduled LiveUpdate, examine the resultant crontab, i.e. "crontab -l" to list the current user's crontab. Cron is the Mac OS / Linux utility used for scheduling tasks, and crontab is the table or list of tasks that are scheduled. See for further reference.


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