Using a terminal command to disable App Store automatic checks

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If you want to automate disabling the App Store auto check, the terminal equivalent of System Preferences > App Store > Automatically check for updates is

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate.plist AutomaticCheckEnabled -bool false

This is handy to know in case you're managing updates a different way (e.g., Munki) and don't want your users pestered with update messages directly from Apple.

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