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Lost Locations, but for a different reason . . .
Authored by: rsnyder on Nov 14, '02 01:57:19AM

Recently, I was having problems with the Cisco VPN client and found the only solution to getting to work under 10.2.x was to do a truely clean install of the OS (I had done an upgrade install the first time and was tired of hearing how doing a clean install fixed so many problems--which it did).

After setting a clean version on my system I brought back my user folder via ditto, and all was good. Except that I had to recreate all my Locations. Now this is not a bug, but as the fokes in Redmond might say, "it is a feature."

Unlike the Mac OS that proceeded OS X, there is no way (that I can find) to export and import Network Locations. This was great feature of the "Classic" Mac OS (not that I am pining for that OS one bit). Being able to export a master TCP/IP configuration and then import it into other systems on set up was a great time saver, not to mention a big save when having to do a reinstall (I have currently have six Network Locations on my Powerbook).

Well, now I know where the information is stored, but for the life of me, I cannot make heads or tails of the way in which specific, individual Network Locations are stored, such that I could comfortably copy and past a dictionary or set of dictionaries from one system's /private/var/db/SystemConfiguration/preferences.xml to a new system and hope to have it work correctly.

Has anyone developed a technic for doing this?

Frankly, this looks like linguine to me.



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