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Trashing Dock Preferences in ML

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Aug 3, 2012 2:27 AM



I'm having a lot of problems in ML and someone said I shoul try and trash the dock preferences.
How do I do this?



Logic Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 2:36 AM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Open and paste this command


    rm ~/Library/Preferences/


    press 'return' on your keyboard.


    You must restart your mac to see any effect.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 3:53 AM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Restart the computer then try it again.


    Does it still say 'no such file'?

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,385 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 4:23 AM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Does the Dock revert to defaults every time you restart or log out/in?

    If not then it is not possible that the mentioned file does not exist.

    If that is the problems you are having and the file truly doesn't exist, it may be because the permissions on your Library are mucked up.


    Are you sure you are looking in your user Library and not the "all user" Library.

    To get to your user Library, hold down the option key and select "Library" from the Go menu in Finder.

    Then, open Preferences


    There should be a and a Drag both to Trash and log out/in.

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,995 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 4:27 AM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Just a thought: Maybe you not really looking in your HOME library folder.  That's what the tilde does in the terminal command. Alternatively, in the Finder, press the option key while perusing the Go menu. The home Library folder then beocmes a menu item and you can go there.


    (There is a System Library folder which doesn't have your preferences and which people often end up looking inside by mistake.)



  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Aug 3, 2012 6:29 PM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Maybe you'd better start from the beginning and describe exactly what the problems are that you're experiencing.

  • Redarm Level 4 Level 4 (2,565 points)
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    Aug 4, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to FredrikStor)

    Good for you.  I'm glad you solved your problem, but I don't think reinstalling solved your question on how to trash the Dock's preference file.  I would have thought softwater did.


    So now if somebody wants to trash their Dock's preference file and arrives at this thread, they may end up reinstalling instead of really trashing the prefs file via softwater's Terminal command.  I'd say that's slightly mis-marked.


    Just maybe something to consider for future markings?  I hope you don't take this criticism the wrong way.


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