A structured text file containing XML formatted properties. It also can be encoded as a binary-format file.

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Window Position Makes Applications Open Off-Screen | Mavericks

I am having trouble with applications reopening halfway off-screen on my second display in Mavericks. Is this a bug? or a preferences/settings issue? I like many apps to launch on the second ...
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What methods can be used to find hidden options in OSX softwares?

I was wondering what methods can be used to find hidden options in OSX software. I regularly stumble upon hidden options that can be added in the .plist preferences files (using defaults write), but ...
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Can't delete .plist files from Trash

I have a program which, when deleting any app, also deletes the extra files and junk as well; including .plist files. Normally this works great though, this time around I've had a few files which ...
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Dynamically setting HOME environment variable in a launchd script?

Continue from this topic, I ended up with: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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Allow application to control computer (assistive devices) on Mavericks via Terminal?

I'm currently working on automated instalation of Mavericks 10.9. I have NetBoot set up. Everything works OK untill I want to execute Applescript. Since the release of new version I need to manually ...
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Preference files for system-wide configuration

Is it possible to set a system wide configuration for Java site permissions in Safari 6.1. I know that to set system wide preferences you have to have the plist file in the /Library/Preferences ...
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iTerm2 doesn't read com.googlecode.iterm2.plist

I am iTerm2 (1.0.0) user. I know how to create profiles, by using iTerm settings or modifying com.googlecode.iterm2.plist file. For convenience, I will use .plist to indicate ...
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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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How can I remove the window size restrictions on iTunes 11.1.3 in Mavericks?

I'm trying to make the iTunes window narrower than the 700px default minimum window width (I don't care about the possible negative side effects). I read a previous post that stated that this could ...
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Getting launchd to read program arguments correctly

I have a launchd script where the command I'm trying to run is erroring (apparently that's not a word, it is now), complaining of improper usage. The specific error I'm getting is the command's usage ...
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Why do I have a dozen copies of certain preference file in my ~/Library/Preferences folder?

I found the file .Globalpreferences.plist in my ~/Library/Preferences folder, but I also found the same file with seven characters appended to the .plist extension. For example: ...
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Where does Messages.app store its “Play sound effects” setting?

I'm trying to write a script to configure the system and various apps to my liking, mostly via defaults write. I got stuck with Messages' Play sound effects setting (under General). I think this ...
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How do I set environment variables on OS X?

I have always difficulties setting the environment variables on Mac like JAVA_HOME, M2_HOME or PATH. How to set these on Mavericks OS X? I did some research but the answers I've found didn't really ...
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launchd keeps restarting my binary in /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools

I am looking to install a privileged helper tool using SMJobBless. My plist only contains the MachServices key and RunAtLoad key. The RunAtLoad is set to true as I want to be launched automatically ...
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Edit plist file for TextEdit

I need to edit plist file of TextEdit (TextEdit/Contents/plist.info) for doing this, using Xcode. But TextEdit says that I've got no permission for edit I've tried to get more permission for me, ...
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My Launch Daemon doesn't work despite returning a 0 status

For some reason, the launch daemon I created will not run successfully at system boot. I have tried it as a launch agent but that also doesn't work. This is my plist located in ...
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Where is the preference list for “open with” applications?

I'm getting an (error code -10813) when trying to set file extensions to open with a certain app in Mountain Lion 10.8.5. Where is the plist file that has those preferences so that I can delete it and ...
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What exactly is the purpose of TimeOut key in launchd plist?

What exactly is the purpose of 'TimeOut' key in launchd plist? I thought a program specified through the first parameter of ProgramArguments will be executed after waiting seconds specified as the ...
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Trouble opening plist files in text editor

From Finder, I can preview a plist file without any difficulties. For example, using Quick Look with ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist I get a nice preview of its contents: However, ...
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OSX 10.8 - How to keep a custom dock for all users that login

I have an iMac with OSX 10.8, joined to a work domain. I want to get create a custom dock and save it so all users will see my custom dock when they log in. I've done some Google searches and ...
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Where is a full (complete) list of defaults domains and parameters?

I found several long lists with defaults, settings, but never a complete one with a reference to developers.apple.com. Is there any such list to find? If not, which is the longest/systematic/complete ...
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How are colorschemes represented in OS X Terminal.app Settings Files?

I'm interested in moving color values I've created for OS X Terminal to applications on other platforms, such as Linux. I'm familiar with the usual methods of representing color values like RGB, HSB, ...
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What are launchd's LaunchAgents directories for?

I created some job plist files and put them in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Now I don't see the point of this special directory (see launchd manpage). When I want to load a job, I have to specify a whole ...
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Submitting job to launchd gives error “no plist returned”, “nothing found to load”

I'm writing my first launchd plist. When I try to load it with the following command: $ launchctl load com.Test01.plist launchctl: no plist was returned for: com.Test01.plist nothing found to load ...
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Export or list system settings that deviate from defaults

I am looking to generate something similar to this osx settings script. I'm not having any luck finding ways to perform a diff between system defaults and my customized settings. Anyone know of a ...
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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 [duplicate]

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 ...