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How to remove the update batch on System Preferences

Every Mac wil notify you when a update is available. This is normally shown in the on your Docks System Preferenees icon with a little red dot in it. If you do not like to update and want to get rid of this batch-notification than do the following:

Open a terminal and enter the following command:

 defaults write AttentionPrefBundleIDs 0 && killall Dock

The red dot notification in your System Preference icon should be gone now.

If you have problems with this, try to brake the commands in two by doeing:

 defaults write AttentionPrefBundleIDs 0
 killall Dock

If you like to enable the icon again do the following:

 defaults write AttentionPrefBundleIDs 1 && killall Dock  

To also get rid of the automatic download of the software and stop updating your mac do the following:

 sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ AutomaticDownload -boolean FALSE


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remove_update_batch.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/28 19:05 by chris