Reminder: Backup before installing new Leopard 10.5.2 update

Reminder: Backup before installing new Leopard 10.5.2 update

Summary: Apple late Monday released its Mac OS X 10.5.2 update, which addresses many annoying bugs as well as tackling a number of interface issues that bugged longtime users.

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Developers remain in dark about Leopard GM bug fixesApple late Monday released its Mac OS X 10.5.2 update, which addresses many annoying bugs as well as tackling a number of interface issues that bugged longtime users.

According to the technote on the release, users should backup before installing the update (this is really important). And Apple suggested that customers be patient with the updater software.

The installation process should not be interrupted, even if the progress bar remains unchanged for several minutes. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer from Apple Support Downloads to update.

Here are a few interesting fixes in the update:

Addresses legibility issues with the menu bar with an option to turn off transparency in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences. Adjusts menus to be slightly-less translucent overall.

As I mentioned in previous posts, Leopard brought back translucency with a vengeance. Now, we can make it less so. A good thing.

Updates Stacks with a List view option, a Folder view option, and an updated background for Grid view.

I haven't played with this yet, but it sounds good.

The computer will now shut down if an automatic disk repair does not succeed during startup.

Maybe reserve your space at the Guru Bar before running the updater?

Addresses issues which could hinder or prevent binding Mac OS X 10.5.x clients to Active Directory domains.

We will see how many of the AD binding issues this fixes.

Improves backup reliability when computer name contains slash or non-ASCII characters.

This was a "popular" topic in the Time Machine discussion groups when Leopard was released. BTW: Has Apple fixed the Move Bug in Leopard yet? I believe it's still a problem. Read "Leopard file move bug zaps data" for more information.

If you use the software downloader, rather than updating through Software Update, you can find it here.

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  • The "Move Bug" was fixed in 10.5.1.

    How did you miss that?
    ross2000
  • RE: Reminder: Backup before installing new Leopard 10.5.2 update

    I did uncheck the "Tranlucent Menu Bar" option in the Desktop and Screen Saver window, but the menu bar still looks translucent to me. Am I the only one to see that?
    Eleutherios
    • Menue Bar

      Google for "OpaqueMenuBar.App". I have had it since shortly after Leopard release. It allows for an adjustment of the degree of opacity.
      dicka@...
    • Make sure you didn't

      do the plist hack to turn of translucency prior to the update. Search macosxhints.com
      for more information.
      frgough
  • didn't need backup but Mail is doing worse for me

    I didn't need to use a backup for this update.. everything appears
    to be happy. My only current issue is with Mail. Messages from
    Gmail, Congress.org and even from Apple are opening up blank.
    No headers and no message body - a blank window.

    If I save the message to the desktop and open from there, they
    display just fine. But, uh.. this is not very practical.
    Htalk
    • Issues with 'Mail'?

      'Mail' still doesn't work properly!
      Attachment included in messages sent from other popular e-mail applications don't
      show up or only occasionally.
      'Mail' also doesn't seem to recognize 'formatting' of/by other e-mail apps.
      Misha35
  • RE: Reminder: Backup before installing new Leopard 10.5.2 update

    You might also want to double check your preferences and security settings before and after this update - I had "Require Password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaver" activated before the update. Afterwards, it was deactivated. Not a big issue, since I noticed fast, and was at home, but it could be an issue. At least a warning would be welcome!
    Otherwise the backup worked fine. It took a little longer, and I had to do it in two parts (by manually checking for software updates), but it worked OK otherwise.
    Thanks for your insights!
    Weltenwanderer