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From this help file I know I can disable Google Software Update using:

$ defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0

Does this work for all accounts or just the current user account? I want to disable Google Software Update for the non-admin accounts that can't run it.

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  • "When you update a setting using defaults, it only affects the current user." commandlinemac.blogspot.com/2008/12/… It's poor form to ask a question and then answer it myself, but I couldn't find this question asked or answered anywhere. I'm fine if someone wants to delete it. It looks like I can just run $ defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0 on each of the non-admin accounts where the pop-up is so irritating. Apr 27, 2013 at 19:31
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    It is actually typically a good thing to ask, and then answer your own question. Instead of posting a comment, however, would you mind clicking the blue "Answer your question" under this? This way, you can accept it as an answer and future visitors will know what you found worked. Apr 27, 2013 at 19:40
  • defaults can also be used to modify property lists that affect other users, but defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0 modifies ~/Library/Preferences/com.google.Keystone.Agent.plist, which only affects the current user.
    – Lri
    Apr 27, 2013 at 22:21
  • thanks Laura and bassplayer. I actually had tried to answer my own question, but I don't have enough reputation points to do that immediately. I had to wait a day or two to have that privilege. I can do it now! May 4, 2013 at 21:52

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[repeating my comment as an answer to close the question]

When you update a setting using defaults, it generally only affects the current user." http://commandlinemac.blogspot.com/2008/12/defaults-setting-preferences-from.html

So I can just run

defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0

on each of the non-admin accounts where the pop-up is bothersome.

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