LiveUpdate does not properly exit when commanded from the Symantec Administration Console for Macintosh

Article:TECH106263  |  Created: 2008-01-15  |  Updated: 2009-01-02  |  Article URL
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LiveUpdate does not properly exit when commanded from the SACM (Symantec Administration Console for Macintosh)

When a Macintosh workstation is powered off or no user is logged on, a LiveUpdate command sent from the SACM results in a combination of the following symptoms (when a user next logs onto the workstation):

  • No LiveUpdate icon in dock
  • LiveUpdate process will not terminate normally; it must be forcibly stopped using the Activity Monitor or a command line "kill"
  • Logoff or shutdown may be prevented until LiveUpdate process is stopped

LiveUpdate should otherwise run normally and update content as directed.


Symantec is aware of this issue and is currently investigating it.


    1. On the Mac workstation, open a root command prompt (sudo bash), navigate to the following folder
      /Library/Application Support/Symantec/SMac/Commands/Symantec/
      and rename the "LiveUpdate" file to "LiveUpdate.OLD"
    2. Copy the attached "LiveUpdate" script to the same folder.


This workaround allows the LiveUpdate task to complete normally. Note that LiveUpdate will still not run in background on a Mac workstation -- it will happen only when a user is logged on (this currently has always been a shortcoming of SACM-commanded LiveUpdates). Also, the LiveUpdate application icon still may not appear in the dock.

This document will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.


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