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Reader Tom Ransom wrote in with a problem and a solution -- how do you delete the Internet Explorer preferences in OS X? He was unable to download from any passive FTP hosts via IE, and thought trashing the preferences might cure the problem.

The typical method would be to trash from ~/Library/Preferences and that should do the trick. Tom tried this, but it had no affect on his problem. Through some detective work in the Terminal (since prefs files are now text-based XML and easily browsable), he determined that IE's prefs are actually stored in the file in your Preferences directory.

So if you're having trouble with passive FTP, try trashing that file (perhaps along with and relaunching IE. It worked for Tom!
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How to browse OS X preferences?
Authored by: reavis on Sep 06, '01 05:54:36PM

The posting mentions that "prefs files are now text-based XML and easily browsable." How does one, in the Terminal, open and browse these files, such as the "" mentioned?



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How to browse OS X preferences?
Authored by: Darkshadow on Sep 06, '01 07:52:20PM
You can either use Apple's defaults command, or you can go into the Library/Preferences folder and just do cat com.something.someapp.plist and read that, though it takes some getting used to the property lists in the raw XML format before you can really read them easily.

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How to browse OS X preferences?
Authored by: ppmax on Sep 06, '01 09:27:46PM

to open a text based file in the terminal (like the plist files) you can do this:

1. navigate to the folder that contains the files
"cd ~/library/preferences" <--since the terminal opens up in your home directory, you can optionally omit the "~" symbol
2. type "pico <filename>"
3. pico is a command line based text editor. you can use the "menu" commands at the bottom of the terminal to navigate the file, exit the file, etc. remember: the ^ sign means that you should use the "control" key on your keyboard. thus "exit" is "control + x"

option 2:
1. from the finder, navigate to your home/library/preferences folder
2. find the file you want to edit
3. drag and drop this file onto your textedit icon (which i keep in my dock)


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How to browse OS X preferences?
Authored by: xeroply on Sep 06, '01 11:07:41PM

While you can do this in the Terminal if you want, it's probably a lot easier to use Apple's graphical plist editor utility, which I think is part of the developer tools CD that comes with OS X.

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How to browse OS X preferences?
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 08, '01 01:39:59PM
If you have the graphical editor that is included in the developer stuff you can simply type in the terminal: open prefsfile.plist where prefsfile.plist is the preferences file you want to look at and the file will be opened in the graphical editor. (This works with most kinds of files actually) Its much easier than trying to edit in a text editor.

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