6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2012 12:25 AM by Jordy1
orenji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Is there anyway to disable chat logs from being stored?

 

I use chat to communicate with remote coworkers at the office but don't want my messages being stored on to my work computer. Thanks


iMac (24-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    mattweppler Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    What I did was this:

     

    Open the plist file:

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iChat.plist

     

    Add the following value:

    Key: SavedChatsFolder

    Type: String

    Value: /dev/null

     

    Let me know if that does the trick for you as well.

  • 2. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    orenji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmm, that didnt seem to do the trick The plist looks odd as well... This is what I see: http://cl.ly/2T0n1h0w1o3Q0A0m2R15

     

     

    Thank you for your suggestion. If you have any other ideas, I'd be very appreciative! Thank you!

  • 3. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    mattweppler Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    You'll have to use the terminal/command line and follow these steps:

     

    Make sure Messages is not running.

     

    From the terminal (command line) convert the plist file to xml with the following command:

        plutil -convert xml1 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iChat.plist

     

    Next edit the file with TextEdit by running this from the terminal:

        open -e ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iChat.plist

     

    Add this:

     

        <key>SavedChatsFolder</key>

        <key>/dev/null</key>

     

    after the lines that read:

     

        <plist version="1.0">

        <dict>

            <key>...SomeValue...</key>

            ...

        </dict>

        </plist>

     

    Finally convert the plist file back to binary format with the following command:

     

        plutil -convert binary1 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iChat.plist

     

    Open Messages and test...

  • 4. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    orenji Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, this did the trick I'm sorry you had to dumb that down for me hehe, but I appreciate the extra patience and effort you took to explain it to me step by step. Thank you so much

  • 5. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    mattweppler Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Awesome! Glad I could help out.

  • 6. Re: Beta Messages (Chat Logs)
    Jordy1 Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)

    Seriously all this to delete a simple chat transcript... APPLE FIX THIS BUG!