I've encountered numerous problems with the update checking feature of DivX. I have DivX Player 9.0.2 (Build 10.4.0.62) on OS X 10.8.2.
In the DivX Preferences app, I have it set to check for updates weekly. However, it checks for updates every three hours. This wastes my network bandwidth.
Whenever it does so, it creates a temporary file in /var/tmp with unique name (like tmp.0.rzR1aH). DivX never cleans up these files, and OS X does not automatically delete files in /var/tmp, so I already have hundreds of them. This wastes my disk space, at a rate of about 30K every three hours, or about 85MB per year if the computer is always online.
The temporary file is a gzip-compressed tarball which expands to a directory called manifest containing files called manifest.xml, public.pem and signature. The updater decompresses this directory directly into /tmp, resulting in the creation of the directory /tmp/manifest. Using a predictable temporary file or directory name like this can lead to other problems, such as https://trac.macports.org/ticket/3783...
I would appreciate it if you would fix these problems in your updater, or direct me to a more appropriate place to report this. Thanks.
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Numerous bugs in DivX update checking on OS X.