I am using OS X 10.12.3 and the Managed Software Center keeps on inviting me to update "Command line tools" version 8.2. If I do update it, the message comes back a little later.

Is there any way to debug or fix this?


Suggestion 1 : Reset the App Store

  1. Open Terminal.

  2. Run the following command:

    defaults write com.apple.appstore ShowDebugMenu -bool true
  3. Relaunch the App Store

  4. Choose the menu item DebugReset Application.

Suggestion 2 : Delete duplicate entry in the update logs

This might happen because of duplicate entries in the updates log at
~/Library/Application Support/App Store/updatejournal.plist.

Convert updatejournal.plist from binary by entering plutil -convert xml1 then drag the updatejournal.plist from Finder into Terminal. This is an XML file where you need to delete the entry inside the scope of <dict> that says something like :

    <string>Command Line Tools (OS X 10.10)</string>

A detailed write-up can be found in the post Appstore multiple update of the same application.

  • Thanks very much. I think the problem was caused by installing mactex via brew. It then at some point recommended I did xcode-select --install after which this problem appeared. – Lembik Mar 5 '17 at 10:27
  • I followed the instructions you linked to and deleted one of the two entries relating to Command Line Tools. It appears to have worked so far. – Lembik Mar 7 '17 at 15:28
  • If this solution was accepted, why was the bounty awarded elsewhere? – harrymc Mar 8 '17 at 12:23
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    For the future: There's no need to award manually the bounty - it's awarded automatically to the accepted answer when the bounty-period elapses. The accepted answer can be changed at any time, so many posters wait with awarding the bounty. – harrymc Mar 8 '17 at 13:27
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    Only if there is no accepted answer, then half the bounty is awarded to the first highest-voted answer, provided it has at least 2 votes. – harrymc Mar 8 '17 at 16:19

See if you can follow the below steps but for "Managed Software Center" in particular from this list or the equivalent list area per your version of Mac OS X.

To stop Software Update in Mac OS X from pestering you about a particular package being available, all you need to do is the following:

  • Select the package in the Software Update screen
  • Navigate to the ‘Update’ menu and selecting “Ignore Update” (see screenshot below) while the item is to ignore is selected

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If you accidentally ignore a package you do want, or you change your mind later, no problem – simply go to the Software Updates main menu and select “Reset Ignored Updates” to reset the list and set the packages for Mac OS X again.


  • Thank you but there must be an installation problem or the message wouldn't come back after a few minutes. I would like to fix it rather than ignore it. – Lembik Mar 5 '17 at 4:51

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