cookbook 'mac_os_x', '= 1.0.0', :supermarket
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mac_os_x (11) Versions 1.0.0 Follow22
Manage OS X user defaults settings
cookbook 'mac_os_x', '= 1.0.0'
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Manage Mac OS X user defaults system.
Tested on Mac OS X 10.6.8, should work on any version.
Manage the Mac OS X user defaults(1) system. The parameters to the resource are passed to the defaults command and the parameters follow convention of the OS X command. See the defaults(1) man page for detail on how the tool works.
- :write: write the setting to the specified domain. Default.
- domain: The domain the defaults belong to. Required. Name attribute.
- global: Whether the domain is global. Can be true or false. Default false.
- key: The preference key. Required.
- value: The value of the key. Required.
- type: Value type of the preference key.
- sudo: Set to true if the setting requires privileged access to modify. Default false.
value settings of
true are treated as true by defaults(1), and are handled for truthiness in the provider.
The current version cannot handle plists or dictionaries.
Simple example that uses the
com.apple.systempreferences domain, with a single key and value.
mac_os_x_userdefaults "enable time machine on unsupported volumes" do domain "com.apple.systempreferences" key "TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes" value "1" end
Specify a global domain. Note that the key is not required for global domains.
mac_os_x_userdefaults "full keyboard access to all controls" do domain "AppleKeyboardUIMode" global true value "2" end
A boolean type that uses truthiness (TRUE).
mac_os_x_userdefaults "finder expanded save dialogs" do domain "NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode" global true value "TRUE" type "bool" end
A setting that uses an int (integer) type.
mac_os_x_userdefaults "enable OS X firewall" do domain "/Library/Preferences/com.apple.alf" key "globalstate" value "1" type "int" end
LWRP's can send notifications, so we can change the Dock, and then refresh it to take effect.
execute "killall Dock" do action :nothing end mac_os_x_userdefaults "set dock size" do domain "com.apple.dock" type "integer" key "tilesize" value "20" notifies :run, "execute[killall Dock]" end
This setting requires privileged access to modify, so tell it to use sudo. Note that this will prompt for the user password if sudo hasn't been modified for NOPASSWD.
mac_os_x_userdefaults "disable time machine normal schedule" do domain "/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto" key "Disabled" value "1" sudo true end
License and Author
Author:: Joshua Timberman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Copyright 2011, Joshua Timberman
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at
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