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just use launchctl
Authored by: BjarneDM on May 04, '10 10:48:21AM

It's more than enough to just disable the plist. The Google applications only checks for the presence of this file when launched. They - at present at least - don't check the contents of the file to see whether the 'disable' flag is present and set.

Modifying the plist directly doesn't stop the google updater from running until you log out and then in again.

To immediately get the updater to stop running and at the same time diable it permanently just issue these two commands in Terminal:

cd ~/Library/LaunchAgents
launchctl unload -w com.google.keystone.agent.plist
You'll have to do this for each account on your computer after having run a google application for the first time.

The other steps specified in the hint are completely un-necessary.

Besides using Lingon you can also use the Apple plist Editor that you get with the Developer Tools ; or just a plain text editor of your chois - even nano and vi

These are the same concerns, problems and solutions as to the problem of Apple checking dashboard widgets through a background process as described here :
Disable the dashboardadvisory-daemon
FYI: How To Disable Apple's "Dashboard Advisor"



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