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PLISTBUDDY(8)						    BSD System Manager's Manual 					     PLISTBUDDY(8)

NAME
PlistBuddy -- read and write values to plists SYNOPSIS
PlistBuddy [-cxh] file.plist DESCRIPTION
The PlistBuddy command is used to read and modify values inside of a plist. Unless specified by the -c switch, PlistBuddy runs in interactive mode. The following commands are used to manipulate plist data: Help Prints this information. Exit Exits the program. Changes are not saved to the file. Save Saves the current changes to the file. Revert Reloads the last saved version of the file. Clear type Clears out all existing entries, and creates root of type type. See below for a list of types. Print [entry] Prints value of entry. If an entry is not specified, prints entire file. See below for an explanation of how entry works. Set entry value Sets the value at entry to value. Add entry type [value] Adds entry with type type and optional value value. See below for a list of types. Copy entrySrc entryDst Copies the entrySrc property to entryDst. Delete entry Deletes entry from the plist. Merge file [entry] Adds the contents of plist file to entry. Import entry file Creates or sets entry to the contents of file. Entries consist of property key names delimited by colons. Array items are specified by a zero-based integer index. Examples: :CFBundleShortVersionString :CFBundleDocumentTypes:2:CFBundleTypeExtensions Entries may be of the following types: string array dict bool real integer date data OPTIONS
-c command Execute command and exit. By default, PlistBuddy will run in interactive mode. -x Output will be in the form of an xml plist where appropriate. -h Print the complete help info. EXAMPLES
Set the CFBundleIdentifier property to com.apple.plistbuddy: Set :CFBundleIdentifier com.apple.plistbuddy Add the CFBundleGetInfoString property to the plist: Add :CFBundleGetInfoString string "App version 1.0.1" Add a new item of type dict to the CFBundleDocumentTypes array: Add :CFBundleDocumentTypes: dict Add the new item to the beginning of the array: Add :CFBundleDocumentTypes:0 dict Delete the FIRST item in the array: Delete :CFBundleDocumentTypes:0 dict Delete the ENTIRE CFBundleDocumentTypes array: Delete :CFBundleDocumentTypes EXIT STATUS
PlistBuddy command returns a zero exit status if it succeeds. Non zero is returned in case of failure. Mac OS X February 19, 2007 Mac OS X

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PLUTIL(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						 PLUTIL(1)

NAME
plutil -- property list utility SYNOPSIS
plutil [command_option] [other_options] file ... DESCRIPTION
plutil can be used to check the syntax of property list files, or convert a plist file from one format to another. Specifying - as an input file reads from stdin. The first argument indicates the operation to perform, one of: -help Show the usage information for the command and exit. -p Print the property list in a human-readable fashion. The output format is not stable and not designed for machine parsing. The purpose of this command is to be able to easily read the contents of a plist file, no matter what format it is in. -lint Check the named property list files for syntax errors. This is the default command option if none is specified. -convert fmt Convert the named file to the indicated format and write back to the file system. If the file can't be loaded due to invalid syntax, the operation fails. fmt is one of: xml1, for version 1 of the XML plist format binary1, for version 1 of the binary plist format json, for the JSON format There are a few additional options: -- Specifies that all further arguments are file names -s Don't print anything on success. -r For JSON, add whitespace and indentation to make the output more human-readable. -o path Specify an alternate path name for the result of the -convert operation; this option is only useful with a single file to be converted. Specifying - as the path outputs to stdout. -e extension Specify an alternate extension for converted files, and the output file names are otherwise the same. DIAGNOSTICS
The plutil command exits 0 on success, and 1 on failure. SEE ALSO
plist(5) STANDARDS
The plutil command obeys no one's rules but its own. HISTORY
The plutil command first appeared in Mac OS X 10.2. Mac OS X August 30, 2002 Mac OS X
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