OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 Update Released
OS X Mountain Lion has been updated to 10.8.1, the update is a general maintenance and bug fix release which includes assorted improvements.
The OS X 10.8.1 update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store, either launch the App Store directly or access it through the Apple menu by selecting “Software Update”. The download is fairly small, ranging from 8MB to 30MB depending on the Mac, and you will need to restart the Mac for the Mountain Lion update to finish installing.
The official change and improvements list is as follow:
- Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
- Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
- Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
- Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
- Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
- Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
- Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
- Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials
Though some individuals have reported improvements, there is no direct mention of the wireless dropping issues that some Mountain Lion users have encountered, and there is also no mention of the reported battery life drain that effects some Macs with 10.8.
All OS X Mountain Lion users are recommended to install the update.
Update: The popular “purge” command to clear inactive memory is broken in OS X 10.8.1 update, developers and users who use the command frequently may want to put off updating to 10.8.1 until a fix is available. Running the command issues the following error:
Used “purge” command in terminal and received the following error:
[ERROR] The device-file for this operating system, ‘osx-12.1.0.xml’, was not found. An attempt to revert to a previous revision of the OS devise-file: ‘osx-12.0.0.xml’ has been made. Please file a Radar report with Apple, on the ‘CoreProfile’ component, version ‘X’.