My changes to the preferences in iTerm2 are always reset after a reboot. They will survive a logout, but after a reboot everything is back to the previous state. I checked ~/Library/Preferences/com.googlecode.iterm2.plist and my user is file owner and also has write access. Does anybody know how to fix this?

I remember reading that Yosemite is protecting plist files somehow. Could this be the cause? I'm on 10.10.4.

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Well. I did not find the cause for the issue (although it was quite obviously some file permissions problem). But this is how I fixed it:

  1. Quit iterm2
  2. Move ~/Library/Preferences/com.googlecode.iterm2.plist to the Desktop
  3. Reboot (because plist files are protected)
  4. Launch iterm2 and quit it again to create a new plist file
  5. Open ~/Library/Preferences/com.googlecode.iterm2.plist in an editor
  6. Paste the contents of the plist file on the Desktop into the new one
  7. Reboot
  • What if file is not there to start from? Feb 9, 2023 at 18:02

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