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Preference plist was NOT a dictionary

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mountainbiker63 Calculating status...
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Sep 20, 2009 5:17 AM
I am getting console message 6 times every hour. The message looks like

9/20/09 10:06:56 AM PreferenceSyncClient[9312] Preference plist was NOT a dictionary.

I have a new MBP/17 with Snow Leopard. I do not have MobileMe. The only sync'ing I have (as far as I know) is iCal with Google Calendar. The latter is set to refresh every 15 minutes.

Any ideas what is causing the message 6 times per hour?
MacBook Pro 17", 3.06MHz, 8/2009, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • S.W. Wortis Calculating status...
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:09 PM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    Identical message on my MBP (2.33 Ghz) after installing Snow Leopard.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Q Lazarus Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 6:21 PM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    Do you use Growl?
  • S.W. Wortis Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:13 PM (in response to Q Lazarus)
    I had been using Growl until installing Snow Leopard. Could not get it working and disabled it. However it is still on the machine.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.33 GHz; 3GB SDRAM
  • Q Lazarus Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:28 PM (in response to S.W. Wortis)
    Try removing it.
  • TSomers Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2009 7:17 AM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    I have had an identical console message since the upgrade to snow leopard on this 24" iMac. Every hour, 10-15sec before time machine tries to mount the networked hard drive for backup (off of a airport extreme), I get six lines of:

    PreferenceSyncClient[1162] Preference plist was NOT a dictionary.

    I do not use mobileMe nor growl. I do sync an iPhone to iTunes on this machine though. A MBP and another 24" iMac on the same network do not display this error.

    I've looked through the pref plists for old ones and trashed a few but no luck so far.

    Maybe unrelated, but over the last week the Time Machine sparse image for this machine has become irreparably corrupted and unmountable twice. I've had to trash it off the backup drive and do a clean backup. I also did a reinstall of SL and all the normal troubleshooting maintenance.
    24" iMac, mbp, iPhones, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Cole Tierney Level 4 Level 4 (1,375 points)
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    Sep 22, 2009 8:34 AM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    If you can find the plist in question, you could try validating it with plutil.
    15 PB, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • TSomers Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:40 AM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    I am syncing iCal with google calendar but the 6 lines of "PreferenceSyncClient[262] Preference plist was NOT a dictionary." occur whether iCal is running or not.

    I found what I thought was the offending pref file at: /Users/Name/Library/Preferences/com.apple.PreferenceSync.plist

    ...and took it out and restarted to force it to create a new one. Didn't fix it.
    24" iMac, mbp, iPhones, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Cole Tierney Level 4 Level 4 (1,375 points)
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:52 AM (in response to TSomers)
    Have you tried plutil?
    plutil ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.PreferenceSync.plist
    15 PB, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Cole Tierney Level 4 Level 4 (1,375 points)
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    Sep 23, 2009 12:08 PM (in response to mountainbiker63)
    I use my bash profile function shown below. All the plist files opened without issue. Were you thinking a file would not open/be corrupt? Or, is there something else you are trying to convey?


    Nice thing about plutil is it'll validate plists without having to convert to text.
    15 PB, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
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