O'Reilly logo

Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger by Kirk McElhearn

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter . Troubleshoot Preference Files

Each account has many preference files, which are stored in ~/Library/Preferences. Many, though by no means all, of these files have names ending with .plist.

Sometimes these files can become corrupted—this can occur if an application crashes, if you have a kernel panic, or if a program writes the wrong data in a file. Corrupted preference files can cause crashes and freezes, and, if these files affect the system, as opposed to individual applications, they can lead to widespread problems.

If you think you have a problem with a user account’s preference files, try Steps 13 in “Troubleshoot Startup and Login Items,” previously, to find out for sure. To troubleshoot a problem with user preferences, follow these ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required