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Editing/amending a bplist (binary plist)

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Is there a way to reliably edit/amend a bplist used by the system? (Specifically .GlobalPreferences.plist) (I have User, not Developer.)
Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Michael Conniff Level 7 Level 7 (33,120 points)
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    Oct 27, 2008 11:51 AM (in response to KDS-KDS)
    KDS-KDS wrote:
    Is there a way to reliably edit/amend a bplist used by the system? (Specifically .GlobalPreferences.plist) (I have User, not Developer.)

    Yes, if you have plutil. I don't remember if this is part of the Developer Tools, or part of the system. Look for /usr/bin/plutil.
    plutil -convert xml1 /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist 

    Now you can edit it. When finished,
    plutil -convert binary1 /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist 
    iBook dual USB (10.4.11), MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    Oct 27, 2008 2:04 PM (in response to KDS-KDS)
    TextWrangler or BBEdit (barebones.com) can open binary plists.

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