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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. – John Faughnan Apr 27 '13 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. – bassplayer7 Apr 27 '13 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 '13 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! – John Faughnan May 4 '13 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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