Registry on Mac?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by chrislee8, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. macrumors regular

    Hi, I am wondering is there such a thing in Mac, Registry.

    in windows, app uses registry a lot to store all kinds of information. anything equivalent to that in Mac?

  2. emw
    macrumors G4


    This information is generally stored in the Mac preferences (HD > Library > Preferences, or User > Library > Preferences). Although some are also in Library > Application Support.

    Generally speaking, though, there isn't a Registry Editor in the Mac like in Windows to change settings. There are ways to do it, but I'm not the expert on that end...
  3. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    The closest thing would be the .plist files in the Library->Preferences folders. Much neater (as in "cleaner" as well as in "cooler") than Windows.

    Edit: emw beat me to it. ;)
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Apple have files that contain the same sort of information that the windows registry does. They are .plist files.

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences - Prefs unique to your login - like HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

    /Library/Preferences - Global prefs - like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

    edit: dammit, beaten to it. 3 replys in 2 mins, not bad goin' fellas. aren't we a helpful bunch :D

    edit 2: great signature btw chrislee8 :)
  5. macrumors 68020


    Welcome to Macintosh.
  6. macrumors regular

    Thanks, u guys AREEEE very helpful since the day I bought my PB.

    I thought you guys will tear me apart with my sig, :p

    anyways, good to see u grow, in peace.
  7. macrumors 68030


    I think your sig is very creative :D
  8. macrumors regular

    oh, it is open source sig, so the ladies, feel free to modify the beautiful with HOT, sexy to Handsome, whatever you feel like, see? just remember to stick with GNU license, :p
  9. macrumors 68020


    I was to busy laughing at XP being called 'sexy'. I've never heard that before.
  10. macrumors 601


    XP is my Ex.
  11. macrumors regular

    Well, you opened the doors to this. As long as we're speaking in such terms, I would say XP is a fifteen dollar whore that overcharges, has too many viruses, and too many people get in free. But XP's better than Linux, which gives it away for free cause she knows no one would pay for it. OS X, on the other hand, is your hot wife who gets mad when you play around with the other OSs.
  12. macrumors 65816


    XP = Crackwhore: Dirt cheap and easy, but you just never know where she's been. Bring your own protection.
    OS X = Courtesan: High-class, beautiful, and experienced....but expensive.
    Linux = Wild girl! Not as easy as some, but she'll do all kinds of stuff you'd never even have thought of, and if you play your cards right, she'll do it for free.

  13. macrumors 6502a

    I wouldn't exactly call OS X expensive, except insomuch as it does not run on cheap hardware. The OS itself is cheaper than Windows -- the full XP Home is $200, and the full XP Pro is $300. Upgrades are $100 less than that, so XP Home Upgrade is the only Windows that is even insignificantly cheaper than OS X
  14. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Also with the MS registry it loads all preferences at startup. Which is why Windows gets slower with more program installs. A Mac equivalent would be creating an Applescript to run at login to open all the contents of ~/Library/Preferences and /Library/Preferences. Generally the plist files only are read when the program is opened.
  15. Moderator


    Staff Member

    You've spelt penguin incorrectly. Usually I just ignore this sort of thing (unless we're already having a spelling debate ;)), but since it's on all of your posts it's probably worth pointing out :)

    Edit: And 'beautiful' too.
  16. macrumors 65816


    I hate the Windows registry. It gets so big and bloated your computer comes to a crawl. Not to mentuon all the spyware\adware that goes in there and takes over your system. The Mac library system makes so much more sense.

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