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Create a list of startup items' paths
Authored by: noel_gomez on Nov 28, '05 09:48:43AM

I got pref Setter and I just see these values

"com.apple.loginwindow.plist" :

defaults string:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow "dv com.apple.soundmgr._DV Sound Output Settings" -data 7d000000

Pref Setter string:

prefSetter**dv com.apple.soundmgr._DV Sound Output Settings**data**<7d000000 >
"com.apple.loginwindow.plist" :

defaults string:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow "NSWindow Frame About This Mac" -string "469 365 307 379 0 0 1280 832 "

Pref Setter string:

prefSetter**NSWindow Frame About This Mac**string**469 365 307 379 0 0 1280 832
"com.apple.loginwindow.plist" :

defaults string:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow "NSWindow Frame ProcessPanel" -string "316 263 346 284 0 0 1024 746 "

Pref Setter string:

prefSetter**NSWindow Frame ProcessPanel**string**316 263 346 284 0 0 1024 746
"com.apple.loginwindow.plist" :

defaults string:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow "NSWindow Frame shutdown" -string "268 420 455 154 0 0 1024 746 "

Pref Setter string:

prefSetter**NSWindow Frame shutdown**string**268 420 455 154 0 0 1024 746



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using Prefs Setter
Authored by: tc_nyc on Nov 28, '05 10:10:22AM

In Pref Setter, for whatever reason, the /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist file is listed as "loginwindow" in the Open Domain Quickly menu.



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maybe NOT prefs setter
Authored by: tc_nyc on Nov 28, '05 10:25:36AM
OK, since I don't have a faulty file to work on I can't seem to confirm whether Prefs Setter is even looking at the correct file (I suspect the correct file is the one listed under System Preferences). You may need to edit the file by hand in the terminal.

First, you will need to convert the binary com.apple.loginwindow.plist back into an ASCII file. See this hint on how to use the plutil command to achieve this. You don't necessarily need to convert the file back to binary.
Then, use your favorite command line editor to open the file and remove the lines that contain the HP applications. You will want to remove everything between and for each instance of the HP application. I have done this on several occasions, so I know it works.

Also, you may be able to manually open the preference file in Prefs Setter to edit the plist, but you may also need to run Prefs Setter as root to save the changes.

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maybe NOT prefs setter
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 29, '05 07:35:41AM

Why does everyone complain about the .plist file being binary?

Just open it in PropertyList editor and remove the offending entries from there.



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maybe NOT prefs setter
Authored by: tc_nyc on Nov 29, '05 08:33:03AM

Because some people don't have the developer tools installed, and installing developer tools to get at that one app is a bit of overkill.



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maybe NOT prefs setter
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 30, '05 12:34:38AM

Ah, OK. Didn't realise that was a dev tool.
It's always been on my Macs, but then I've always had the dev tools installed :)



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maybe NOT prefs setter
Authored by: Darkshadow on Dec 04, '05 07:49:18PM

Hi, I'm the developer of Pref Setter, I can clear up this issue.

There are actually three preference files with loginwindow in them. /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist (which is listed under the "System Preferences" part of the Open Domain Quickly window), HOME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist, and HOME/Library/Preferences/loginwindow.plist.

It's that last file (just listed as loginwindow in the Open Domain Quickly window) that holds the Login Items.

Hope that helps clear this up



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