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Trashing preferences System
Under OS9, an often suggested fix for misbehaving applications was to "trash the preferences." While I haven't heard many reports of misbehaving apps under OSX PB, you can still try a similar trick if you are having troubles.

Each user's preferences are stored in the directory /Users/username/Library/Preferences/. Navigate there, and you'll see a bunch of different preference files, all ending in ".plist". If you want to get rid of one, I would recommend taking a "better safe than sorry" approach, since this is beta software. Instead of just deleting the pref file for the application in question, rename it to something like "appname.bad". That way, if for some reason your fix causes more problems than you had previously, you can go backwards.

When you now launch the troublesome application, it will create a new ".plist" file, since it can't find the old one. If everything works as expected, you can now go back and delete the ".bad" file.

As a side note, you can also view the contents of the preference files, since they're stored as plain text.
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Re: Prefs
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 29, '00 04:41:47PM
I had to delete the fire.plist in order to get it to stop crashing due to AOL problems. AOL and firewalls don't play nice.

I later used the dev tools to use plist editor to just edit out the AOL information. That way I didn't have to re-enter all of my account data.

shawn

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