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Package day-care manager on macOS.

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Platform: macOS High Sierra | Mojave

Language: Python | Bourne-Again Shell

Environment: Console | Terminal



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Just some useful daily utility scripts.

macdaily is a mediate collection of console scripts written in Python and Bourne-Again Shell. Originally works as an automatic housekeeper for Mac to update all packages outdated, macdaily is now fully functioned and end-user oriented. Without being aware of everything about your Mac, one can easily work around and manage packages out of no pain using macdaily.



  Just as many Python packages, macdaily can be installed through pip using the following command, which will get you the latest version from PyPI.

pip install macdaily

  Or if you prefer the real-latest version and fetch from this Git repository, then the script below should be used.

git clone
cd macdaily
pip install -e .
# and to update at any time
git pull

  And for tree format support in dependency command, you may need pipdeptree, then implicily you can use the following script to do so.

pip install macdaily[pipdeptree]
# or explicitly...
pip install macdaily pipdeptree

  Do please NOTE that, macdaily runs only with support of Python from version 3.6 and on. And it shall only work ideally on macOS.



This part might be kind of garrulous, for some may not know what's going on here. :wink:

  Since robust enough, macdaily now supports configuration upon user's own wish. One may set up log path, hard disk path, archive path and many other things, other than the default settings.

NOTA BENE -- macdaily now supports configuration commands, see Config Procedure section for more information.

  The configuration file should lie under ~/.dailyrc, which is hidden from Finder by macOS. To review or edit it, you may use text editors like vim and/or nano, or other graphic editors, such as Sublime Text and/or Atom, or whatever you find favourable.

# In this section, paths for log files are specified.
# Please, under any circumstances, make sure they are valid.
logdir = ~/Library/Logs/MacDaily    ; path where logs will be stored
tmpdir = /tmp/dailylog              ; path where temporary runtime logs go
dskdir = /Volumes/Your Disk         ; path where your hard disk lies
arcdir = ${dskdir}/Developers       ; path where ancient logs archive

# In this section, flags for modes are configured.
# If you would like to disable the mode, set it to "false".
apm      = true     ; Atom packages
gem      = true     ; Ruby gems
mas      = true     ; Mac App Store applications
npm      = true     ; Node.js modules
pip      = true     ; Python packages
brew     = true     ; Homebrew Cellars
cask     = true     ; Caskroom Casks
dotapp   = true     ; Applications (*.app)
macapp   = true     ; all applications in /Application folder
system   = true     ; macOS system packages
cleanup  = true     ; cleanup caches
appstore = true     ; Mac App Store applications in /Application folder

# In this section, scheduled tasks are set up.
# You may append and/or remove the time intervals.
update      = true      ; run update on schedule
uninstall   = false     ; don't run uninstall
reinstall   = false     ; don't run reinstall
postinstall = false     ; don't run postinstall
dependency  = false     ; don't run dependency
logging     = true      ; run logging on schedule
schedule    =           ; scheduled timing (in 24 hours)
    8:00                ; update & logging at 8:00
    22:30-update        ; update at 22:30
    23:00-logging       ; logging at 23:00

# In this section, command options are picked.
# Do make sure these options are available for commands.
update  = --all --yes --pre --quiet --restart --show-log
logging = --all --quiet --show-log

  Above is the default content of .dailyrc, following the grammar of INI files. Lines and words after number sign ('#') and semicolon (';') are comments, whose main purpose is to help understanding the contents of this file.

  In section [Path], there are path names where logs and some other things to be stored. In section [Mode], there are ten different modes to indicate if they are enabled or disabled when calling from --all option.

  You may wish to set the dskdir -- path where your hard disk lies, which allows macdaily to archive your ancient logs and caches into somewhere never bothers.

  Please NOTE that, under all circumstances, of section [Path], all values would better be a valid path name without blank characters (\t\n\r\f\v), except your hard disk dskdir.

  Besides, in section [Daemon], you can decide which command is scheduled and when to run such command, with the format of HH:MM[-CMD]. The CMD is optional, which will be any if omits. And you may setup which command(s) will be registered as daemons and run with schedule through six booleans above. These boolean values help macdaily indicate which is to be launched when commands in schedule omit. That is to say, when command omits in schedule, macdaily will register all commands that set true in the above boolean values.

  Also, in section [Option], you may set up optional arguments for the daemons above. Do please make sure these commands are valid. And if omit, an empty arguments will be given.


Usage Manual


  Before we dive into the detailed usage of macdaily, let's firstly get our hands dirty with some simple commands.

NOTE -- all acronyms and aliases are left out for a quick and clear view of macdaily

  1. How to use macdaily?

    # call from $PATH
    $ macdaily [command ...] [flag ...]
    # or call from Python module
    $ python -m macdaily [command ...] [flag ...]
  2. How to setup my disks and daemons?

    $ macdaily config
  3. How to relaunch daemons after I manually modified ~/.dailyrc?

    $ macdaily launch
  4. How to archive ancient logs without running any commands?

    $ macdaily archive
  5. How to update all outdated packages?

    $ macdaily update --all
  6. How to update a certain package (eg: hello from Homebrew) ?

    $ macdaily update brew --package hello
  7. How to uninstall a certain package along with its dependencies (eg: pytest from brewed CPython version 3.6) ?

    $ macdaily uninstall pip --brew --cpython --python_version=3 --package pytest
  8. How to reinstall all packages but do not cleanup caches?

    $ macdaily reinstall --all --no-cleanup
  9. How to postinstall packages whose name ranges between "start" and "stop" alphabetically?

    $ macdaily postinstall --all --startwith=start --endwith=stop
  10. How to show dependency of a certain package as a tree (eg: gnupg from Homebrew) ?

    $ macdaily dependency brew --package gnupg --tree
  11. How to log all applications on my Mac, a.k.a. *.app files?

    $ macdaily logging dotapp
  12. How to run macdaily in quiet mode, i.e. with no output information (eg: logging in quiet mode) ?

    $ macdaily logging --all --quiet
  13. How to dump a Macfile to keep track of all packages?

    $ macdaily bundle dump


macdaily supports several different commands, from archive, bundle, config, launch, update, unisntall, reinstall and postinstall to dependency and logging. Of all commands, there are corresponding aliases for which to be reckoned as valid.

Command Aliases
config cfg
launch init
update up, upgrade
uninstall un, remove, rm, r, un
reinstall re
postinstall post, ps,
dependency deps, dp
logging log


  The man page of macdaily shows as below.

$ macdaily --help
usage: macdaily [-h] command

Package Day Care Manager

optional arguments:
  -h, --help     show this help message and exit
  -V, --version  show program's version number and exit

  macdaily provides a friendly CLI workflow for the administrator of macOS to
  manipulate packages

  Commands for macdaily is shown as above and they are mandatory. For more detailed usage information, please refer to the MacDaily General Manual. And here is a brief catalogue for the manual.



  1. Where can I find the log files?

      It depends. Since the path where logs go can be modified through ~/.dailyrc, it may vary as your settings. In default, you may find them under ~/Library/Logs/Scripts. And with every command, logs can be found in its corresponding folder. Logs are named after its running time, in the fold with corresponding date as its name.

      Note that, normally, you can only find today's logs in the folder, since macdaily automatically archive ancient logs into ${logdir}/archive folder. And every week, ${logdir}/archive folder will be tape-archived into ${logdir}/tarfile. Then after a month, and your hard disk available, they will be moved into /Volumes/Your Diks/Developers/

  2. What if my hard disk ain't plugged-in when running the scripts?

      Then the archiving and removing procedure will NOT perform. In case there might be some useful resources of yours.

  3. Which directory should I set in the configuration file?

      First and foremost, I highly recommend you NOT to modify the paths in ~/.dailyrc manually, EXCEPT your disk path dskdir.

      But if you insist to do so, then make sure they are VALID and available with permission granted, and most importantly, have NO blank characters (\t\n\r\f\v) in the path, except dskdir.



  • [x] support configuration
  • [x] support command aliases
  • [x] reconstruct archiving procedure
  • [ ] support gem and npm in all commands
  • [x] optimise KeyboardInterrupt handling procedure
  • [ ] review pip implementation and version indication
  • [x] considering support more versions of Python

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