Is there a way to change Dock preferences and make the Dock app read the new one without using killall Dock command? Like to maybe force a refresh with some AppleScript or so?

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You might try

sudo pkill -1 Dock

which sends a ‘HANG-UP’ signal, also known as a ‘HUP’, to the process whose name matches Dock. The expected response is an internal ‘stop and re-evaluate’ in which a relevant configuration file normally gets re-read.


  • I'm away from my laptop, but will try as soon as I get back :) Thanks for an idea!
    – mdmb
    Aug 30, 2018 at 12:23

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