Dock is not running

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by atrate, May 28, 2010.

  1. atrate macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    Ok, so I probably did something stupid. I wanted to add a 'recent things' stack to the dock so I copied the code, defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }' from Then I read to see the folder, type killall Dock to restart the Dock and see your new folder. And my dock disappeared. It's not hiding, it just stopped running, period. Spaces aren't working either, but I'm more concerned about the dock right now. I think my problem may stem for not reading the fine print of it being for 10.5, while I have 10.5.8 I've tried restarting my computer, even booted it up in safe mode and nothing helped.

    If anyone has experienced this problem before, or knows a solution, please help.
  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Moving ~/Library/Preferences/ would be one solution. If you have access to Finder, do it there. If not, type this into Terminal:

    mv ~/Library/Preferences/ ~/Desktop
    However, this will remove the majority of your dock settings. There are a few methods that preserve your settings.

    Removing the offending key
    Since it is likely that this most recent entry has caused the problem we can remove the key thats holds the items in the right side of the dock. In Terminal:

    defaults delete persistent-others
    This will trash the right side of your Dock.

    I could go further, and dig down to the offending subkey but I think we will leave it at this, plus I am tired.

    In either case, run

    killall Dock
    after and you should be back in business.

    Edit: On second thought, you may need to reboot or logout since is presumably not running (it probably is, but is hung).
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I saw that tip in MacWorld yesterday. Since the only two things it does that I'd use are already in the Menu Bar, I didn't do it. I didn't want to execute that killall Dock command anyway!

    Did you replace the Dock's plist file? Was it a pain to reset your prefs?

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