5 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 1:54 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
SactoBob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been using the Messages Beta since a couple days after its release. I always quit the app if I'm away from the Mac more than a few minutes. I do not change the availability setting away from Available since the app is not running.

 

During the past 2 or 3 days, it has started up when one of my Buddies proposed a chat or sent a message. At their end, it initially showed me as Available then, before their eyes, changed me to Away. 

 

By doing some experimenting with a Mac buddy, I determined that I show as Available, in the Buddies section, on their buddy lists even while Messages is completely quit --- if the last status before quitting was Available. If I manually change the status to Away prior to quitting, I show as Offline -- as always.

 

I haven't updated any software in the past few days nor changed any of Messages' settings. Or any other settings for that matter. Anyone have an idea about how to put a cork on this behavior?  Or have I discovered a bug?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: Messages Beta Starting Up Solo
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,515 points)

    Hi,

     

    In Messages menu > Preferences > General section

    Select the option that reads "When I quit, set my Status to Off line"

     

    This will stop IMAgent "listening" for Off Line IMs and firing up Messages.

    IMAgent does the same thing for FaceTime

     

    However in the FaceTime Preferences you can turn it to Off as well as having it Quit to stop that app starting when someone calls you.

     

     

     

     

     

     


    8:43 PM      Thursday; May 3, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 2. Re: Messages Beta Starting Up Solo
    SactoBob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That choice has been selected like always -- in iChat and now in Messages. And I haven't fired up FaceTime in several weeks. And it has been OFF all of that time.

  • 3. Re: Messages Beta Starting Up Solo
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,515 points)

    Hi,

     

    In that case try  deselecting that option then reselect to make it rewrite the .plist it is stored in.

     

     


    9:35 PM      Thursday; May 3, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 4. Re: Messages Beta Starting Up Solo
    SactoBob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will try that and let you know.. Used to be back in the day with OS9 and earlier, one of the first things I told people.. trash the prefs and restart the application. The mostly trouble free running of a well maintained OSX system tends to make one rusty.

  • 5. Re: Messages Beta Starting Up Solo
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,515 points)

    In Lion the Preferences (.plists) are a bit harder to get at.

     

    Start in the Finder > Go Menu

    Hold down the ALT Key to see the Library option in the List

    Select the Library.

    Access the Preferences Folder.

     

    In this case Find and delete (Drag to Trash) the com.apple.ichat.plist (Messages still uses these .plists) as this one will hold the "when I Quit..." info.

     

     


    9:54 PM      Thursday; May 3, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously