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Setting .plist path to user Library

I have created a OS X launch agent that is installed per user. It is listening socket and automatically launched when socket connection arrives. On my .plist I have ...
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How do I add a custom field to the login dialog?

When the screensaver has been disturbed, or the computer wakes from sleep, my system asks for a password. I would like to add to this dialog. Along with username and password, there would be a third ...
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Solution/Script to automatically sync Safari's Reading List to Read-it-Later services like Pocket or Evernote?

MacOSX contextual menus allow me use Pocket [Formerly Read it later] to archive all, and also read, some of the enormous amounts of content that I come across daily on my browser of choice - Safari. ...
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Need Help with an Applescript / plist

This has been a learning experience for me. Everything checks out logically to me in this script/ plist but something isn't correct. Everything runs, but then the script runs every minute which is ...
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What is com.apple.mail.plist and why was it slowing Mail down?

I fixed an annoying problem with Mail 6.2 (I'm on ML 1.8.2), where Mail was slow and a pain to use. I am on a SSD so everything was jerky while typing, sending mail out, and it would take ~1 second ...
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How can I make the OS print dialog default to a particular preset?

Simply put, this is what I want: I want to take a unique printer preset that has already been made and make the OS default to it any time that particular printer is selected to be printed to. I know ...
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how do I enable multiple sshd ports in Mountain Lion

I have multiple machines on my network that I access regularly using ssh. I want to enable remote access through port forwarding, which means I'll need separate sshd ports for each machine. That ...
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QuickLook and plist files

I have the latest Xcode installed, but I can't "quicklook" plist files (I mean they appear as an xml file instead of a table). Is this normal?
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How do I schedule a root command to run at intervals?

I need to run a script in intervals that requires a root user to execute. I created a plist that will call a script in ~/bin/test.sh. user@MBP:~$ ls -lah ~/bin/ -rw-r--r-- 1 root staff 566B ...
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Execute command on launch of custom Terminal Window in OSX10.5+

I'm trying to find a way to automatically launch a command when Terminal is run, but: Have the Terminal window close after command has returned control to it / after (using &) after command has ...
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Editing info.plist of .ipa files renders app unable to run

I'm trying to edit some values of an info.plist file that is located in an .ipa file. First, I open the .ipa in Winrar and drag the info.plist to the desktop. Here, I edit the file using the Properly ...
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Desktop background folder selections not persisting

Upgraded to Mountain Lion a few weeks ago, didn't have the problem. A few days ago I replaced the hard drive with a SSD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion then manually moved my background ...
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Launch Daemon .plist missing. How to get it back?

My system is working fine (iMac running Mountain Lion), except that when I try to import video to iMovie using the built-in iSight camera I see a message "no camera connected". iSight works fine in ...
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Can anybody give me the original ssh.plist file for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)?

I try to modify my ssh.plist file, but as a noob, I erased my backup file by modified one :-( I am looking for the content of the original file from the install. Can anybody give it to me?
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Best way to have script start up for all users in Mountain Lion?

We are trying to have a simple drive mapping script start up for ALL users on a Mac Mini. What's the simplest way of going by doing this? I've tried creating a .plist in Lingon and adding it to the ...
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Why don't property lists use more XML-element types? [closed]

Most software would store information in XML rather like this: <book> <title>Generic Examples, the Internet, and You</title> <length pages="43" /> <authors> ...
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Can I stop the optical audio out from entering 'time out' when idle?

In my office I have a surround-sound receiver, and I have my MacBook Pro (6,1) hooked up via a TOSLink cable and adapter, and it works beautifully, except this: if there are no sounds playing for a ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file so that I can change it?

I want to edit Info.plist for TextEdit. (Here's why.) I'm running OS 10.7, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to ...
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Dashboard or iCal hang with 100% CPU usage

Running on Mac OS X 10.7.4, issues list this seem to be riddled in Google searches but nothing like my issue, which persists even when I take all the steps. My story... Brought up Dashboard today ...
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Launchctl:Dubious permissions on file: Problem Installing Jenkins

I'm trying to install Jenkins on 10.6.8 and part of this requires that modify the plist launch daemon. org.jenkins-ci.plist which is owned by root. I was using admin and I gave admin permission to ...
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How to create a binary plist file from the command line on OS X?

I am looking for a solution to create a binary plist file from the command line on OS X? I want to create the ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist and setup the PATH there. I know that this plist file has to ...
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How do preference files become corrupted?

I've read a few different troubleshooting articles and Q&A's where the culprit is a corrupted preference file for an application or process. Typically the solution is to delete the bad preference ...
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Daemons or other processes responsible for dictation in 10.8?

Dictation in Mountain Lion is a nice little feature that works great for me. However I often need to switch between dictation languages, so going through the System Preferences is way too many clicks ...
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How do i pass variables' values between subsequent applescript runs? (persistent value between script executions)

I have an applescript that I run like a cron job. Within this applescript, i have variables that act like boolean switches (i.e. on/off values). With subsequent runs, depending on whether the boolean ...
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Editing System/Library files with Property List Editor (PLE)

I want to update the schedule in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist. I have unlocked the file in Finder but the Property List Editor is giving me: The file ...
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Are apps that use LSUIElement in their plist causing google account problems?

I've noticed a pattern with some apps not logging into my Google account when they are hidden. After some digging, I think I have identified a common thread - the LSUIElement which is basically a flag ...
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Where can I find a list of Apple preferences/plist files & what they're used for?

Does anyone know of a resource that lists the Preferences files/plists (pertinent to OS X and Apple applications, not third-party apps) found in ~/Library/Preferences (and the other locations too, but ...
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Disabling Mission Control (OR making plist changes take effect immediately)

EDIT: I have just realized that what I'm talking about isn't a default feature in Lion. I probably added the commands via an article like this (scroll down to "Gestures and keyboard shortcuts"). So ...
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Where are System Preferences settings stored? Trying to script equal brightness settings for two monitors

I was wondering if anyone know where the System Preferences settings are stored on Mac OS X Lion? I presume there's some .plist with them somewhere. I think that they might be stored in multiple ...
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Is there any way to convince Apple Mail to write its configuration as text Plist files instead of binary?

I'd like to revision-control my mail configuration (both the preferences and the mailbox rules -- especially the latter) but Mail insists on rewriting its preferences as binary plist files as soon as ...
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What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
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Energy Saver preferences keep breaking

This is a new question related to a question I asked previously. MacBook is sleeping despite being set to "never" sleep Basically, the MacBook would sleep after 3 hours despite the ...
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Automatically Load LaunchDaemon?

I wrote a little script to automatically update my Network Location based on a couple of conditions, and have coupled that with a launchd plist to have it run every couple of minutes. However, I've ...
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Where is the date and time preference data saved on Mac?

I need to check programmatically whether Set Date and Time automatically is checked or not on a Mac System Preferences. I didn't find any .plist file that contained this information, can anybody tell ...
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Import Safari Bookmarks from XML Export

Awhile back, I set up a cron job on my wife's MacBook to automatically backup her Safari bookmarks to Dropbox every morning using the following command that I found online (I forget where): ...
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Can't find coda plist

I can't seem to find my Coda plist. I've searched all throughout my library (including the Preferences folder), and I can't seem to find it. I've searched my computer, and that doesn't work either... ...
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How to manually restore emails in Lion?

Before upgrading to Mac OS X Lion with a clean install, I backed up Mail app according to this article on Apple Discussions. I know have the com.apple.mail file and the Mail directory and I have no ...
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How can I run a job once a day with launchd, regardless of when the computer is on?

I would like to run a shell script daily, but not necessarily at a specific time. The computer the script runs on is switched on at irregular times, and no assumptions can be made when that will be. ...
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How to list all available .plist keys on a certain domain application by defaults command?

I want to know all keys (property list) which available on certain domain application, as example i could list available key for com.apple.dock by entering this command: $ defaults read ...
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Does changing a daemon's plist file extension prevent it from being loaded?

I particularly want to disable: /private/etc/mach_init.d/dashboardadvisoryd.plist.disabled, but in general for any daemon. Does changing its plist extension prevent it from loading? In the past I ...
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How to run a nightly backup job on Snow Leopard Server via launchd

I have been trying to configure a nightly backup job on my Mac Mini server, and after a lot of Googling and digging and man-page'ing, I figured out that launchd seemed to be the correct too, and tried ...
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Change carrier text without jailbreak

I was wondering if there was any relatively easy way to change the carrier text on my iPod touch 3g (running ios 4.3.3). I've tried editing the com.apple.springboard.plist and adding the SBFakeCarrier ...
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Run plist command every 5 seconds

I have the following plist file in my User/Library/LaunchAgents folder. It presses the "g" key every 60 seconds. My question is, how can I change this to press the "g" key every 5 seconds? ...
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Can't quit app launched through launchd

As it says in the title, "Can't quit app launched through launchd"—or more precisely, I can quit it, but it then automatically restarts again. Background: I prefer to use BusyCal, not iCal, but ...
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Running a command whenever Mac boots up with launchctl/plist

I need to run nohup nice synergys -f --config ~/bin/conf/synergy.conf & command whenever the computer boots up. As is written in this post, I came up with the following plist code. <?xml ...