I am reading an old developer guide, that hasnt updated since 2007..

I want to access the file called preferences.plist located at /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist.

It should look like this:

enter image description here However, at that location there is no such file. I only found com.apple.systempreferences.plist, but this is not the right one. My guess is that it was moved over the years. Where could I find it? It contains data about network configuration.

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The location of the file has not moved. It is still located at /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist.

Please make sure you are not in your User's Library folder (~/Library/Preferences/).

The best way to go to the correct folder in Finder is to use the menu item Go > Go to Folder..., or press cmd+shift+G, and enter the folder you need to go to. In this case, /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/.

  • thank you. You were spot on! so the ~ sign means user. Is it possible to go to /Library/... without typing in the path?
    – sanjihan
    Mar 24, 2016 at 19:26
  • Yes, if you make sure you have navigated to the root of your hard drive (/). This may be clicking on your hard drive on your desktop (such as Macintosh HD), or the same in your Finder sidebar, or by navigating to Computer and then the same. Mar 24, 2016 at 19:29
  • thank you! Recently switched from windows to start programming and I am still finding my way around. This was really helpful.
    – sanjihan
    Mar 24, 2016 at 19:39
  • The ~/ means current user's home directory in every UNIX-like operating system. By POSIX rules, the actual home directory location can be queried like this: getent passwd "$USER" | cut -d: -f6. Oct 19, 2020 at 14:25

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