No feature changes, just a few bug fixes:
- fix issue with replacing a url dock item
- add legacy support –hupdock option for backward compatibility
- fix paths with spaces when passing full path to plist
Version 1.1 of dockutil is out:
- fixes many issues with paths (should now work with Default User Template and other paths with spaces)
- adds option to not restart the dock (–no-restart)
- fixes issue where item would be added multiple times (use –replacing to update an existing item)
- resolves deprecation warnings
- adds option to remove all items (–remove all)
- fixes issue with removals when a url exists in a dock
- adds option –version to output version
I kept getting errors uploading to Google App Engine on Mac.
ERROR appcfg.py:1128 An unexpected error occurred. Aborting.
I run as a normal user. Apparently appcfg.py requires some elevated privileges, as running it as root uploaded without a problem.
Here is the command to run the appcfg.py inside the GoogleAppEngineLauncher app.
sudo /Applications/GoogleAppEngineLauncher.app/Contents/Resources/GoogleAppEngine-default.bundle/Contents/Resources/google_appengine/appcfg.py update appdirectory/ --noisy -v --email email@example.com
Substitute your own appdirectory and username and path to the GoogleAppEngineLauncher.app.
As a Mac sysadmin, I’ve had the need to manipulate the dock on hundreds of systems at a time.
I used to cobble together terrible shell scripts to do the job, but now thanks to plistlib and python, plist manipulation is really easy. I am releasing this utility free under the Apache 2.0 license. Hopefully some other sysadmins will find it useful.
dockutil is a command line utility for managing Mac OS X dock items.
It can add, replace, list, move, find, and delete dock items. It supports Applications, Folders, Stacks, and URLs. It can act on a specific dock plist or every dock plist in a folder of home directories.
It is compatible with Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard.
Here is the usage information:
usage: dockutil -h
usage: dockutil --add (path to item) | (url) [--label (label)] [ folder_options ] [ position_options ] [ plist_location_specification ]
usage: dockutil --remove (dock item label) [ plist_location_specification ]
usage: dockutil --move (dock item label) position_options [ plist_location_specification ]
usage: dockutil --find (dock item label) [ plist_location_specification ]
usage: dockutil --list [ plist_location_specification ]
--replacing (dock item label name) replaces the item with the given dock label or adds the item to the end if item to replace is not found
--position [ index_number | beginning | end | middle ] inserts the item at a fixed position: can be an position by index number or keyword
--after (dock item label name) inserts the item immediately after the given dock label or at the end if the item is not found
--before (dock item label name) inserts the item immediately before the given dock label or at the end if the item is not found
--section [ apps | others ] specifies whether the item should be added to the apps or others section
(path to a specific plist) default is the dock plist for current user
(path to a home directory)
--allhomes attempts to locate all home directories and perform the operation on each of them
--homeloc overrides the default /Users location for home directories
--view [grid|fan|list|automatic] stack view option
--display [folder|stack] how to display a folder's icon
--sort [name|dateadded|datemodified|datecreated|kind] sets sorting option for a folder view
The following adds TextEdit.app to the end of the current user's dock:
dockutil --add /Applications/TextEdit.app
The following replaces Time Machine with TextEdit.app in the current user's dock:
dockutil --add /Applications/TextEdit.app --replacing 'Time Machine'
The following adds TextEdit.app after the item Time Machine in every user's dock on that machine:
dockutil --add /Applications/TextEdit.app --after 'Time Machine' --allhomes
The following adds ~/Downloads as a grid stack displayed as a folder for every user's dock on that machine:
dockutil --add '~/Downloads' --view grid --display folder --allhomes
The following adds a url dock item after the Downloads dock item for every user's dock on that machine:
dockutil --add vnc://miniserver.local --label 'Mini VNC' --after Downloads --allhomes
The following removes System Preferences from every user's dock on that machine:
dockutil --remove 'System Preferences' --allhomes
The following moves System Preferences to the second slot on every user's dock on that machine:
dockutil --move 'System Preferences' --position 2 --allhomes
The following finds any instance of iTunes in the specified home directory's dock:
dockutil --find iTunes /Users/jsmith
The following lists all dock items for all home directories at homeloc in the form: item(tab)path(tab)(section)tab(plist)
dockutil --list --homeloc /Volumes/RAID/Homes --allhomes
When specifying a relative path like ~/Documents with the --allhomes option, ~/Documents must be quoted like '~/Documents' to get the item relative to each home
Names containing special characters like accent marks will fail
Send bug reports and comments to kcrwfrd at gmail.
this class is not key value coding-compliant for the key numbersInput
If you are getting this error after doing the PyObjC averager tutorial called Using PyObjC for Developing Cocoa Applications with Python , import your class in main.py.
After the line:
This should allow the numbersInput variable to be properly bound to Interface Builder.
I found the solution on macosxhints forum here.
This site has a few nice little PyObjC samples.
One of them shows how to play a sound using AppKit’s NSSound. This is exactly what I was trying to do today.
And since PyObjC is built-in in 10.5, no addtional software is required.
Python is already batteries included, with PyObjC, you’ve got batteries galore.
In : from AppKit import NSSound
In : sound = NSSound.alloc()
In : sound.initWithContentsOfFile_byReference_('/System/Library/CoreServices/Setup Assistant.app/Contents/Resources/TransitionSection.bundle/Contents/Resources/intro-sound.mp3', True)
In : sound.play()
In : sound.stop()
Noah Gift has posted a method for getting readline working with ipython on Leopard. Nice that you don’t need to install additional software to get this to work.