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10.4.6: not fixed
Authored by: errantaahz on Apr 04, '06 09:18:10AM
This bug has been frustrating all users of our macs for some time. (Especially several very non-technical people who just depend on it working, but find even the DMproxy workaround confusing.) I've incorporated the DMProxy tip into an executable application, and it has resulted in a fairly effective workaround. This is my first attempt at Applescript, so pleae ignore any bad syntax or sctructure (etc.); feel free to improve it. ( It only took 20 minutes to guess the correct commands to get the desired's fairly intuitive!) Obviously, this is completely unsupported by Apple (and myself). If it does something bad to your mac, model, network, data or otherwise: I am not responsible.

But anyway, this is how it is used to make our macs run fairly painlessly, and it eliminated the need for constant IT intervention over the issue:

1) I have compiled the executable app (cut-and-paste the code from below) and saved it in the local "Utilities" folder.

2) Add it to user login items, and select the "hide at startup" option.

3) Add it to the dock.

4) Add a shortcut anywhere you think your users might look.

5) You can go one further: Customise the application icon with a big fat red button or something, and change the application name to something like "Click here to fix the colour, Joe Baduser" :P Even the most inexperienced users can learn this simple fix.


PS - If somebody has webspace to store the compiled executable application and provide a link, feel free.

-- -- -- -- -- --

tell application "Finder"
  open document file "DMProxy" of folder 
    "Resources" of folder "A" of folder "Versions" of folder 
    "CoreGraphics.framework" of folder "Frameworks" of folder "A" 
    of folder "Versions" of folder "ApplicationServices.framework" of folder 
    "Frameworks" of folder "Library" of folder "System" of startup disk
end tell
tell application "Terminal"
  delay 6
end tell

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10.4.6: not fixed
Authored by: tooki on Apr 14, '06 10:26:28AM

That script is overly complicated. AppleScript can run shell commands without launching the Terminal.

For this, just enter:

do shell script "/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Versions/A/Resources/DMProxy" user name "AnAdminUsername" password "ThatAdminPassword" with administrator privileges

Obviously replace AnAdminUsername with an admin's user name, and ThatAdminPassword with that account's password (leave the quotes around both!!!). This script, saved as an application (run-only, since it contains login info), will do the same thing faster.

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