How to determine the app./program that created a preference file?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Mac77, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Mac77 macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    I keep having this preference file showing as corrupt by Drive Genius. Whether it is impacting anything is yet to be determined as I am having other issues with my mac constantly restarting. Typically a short time after booting up and after opening a few programs. The preference file is /User/Library/Preferences/Y29tLmFwcGxlLnN5c3RlbXByZWZlcmVuY2Vz. I have tried to figure out what program or app. is creating it but with no success. Even if there is no real negative impact with having this pref. file, I still need to understand how to go about determining a file's creator,parent, or origin.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Have you tried opening the file with TextEdit, to see if the contents might indicate the app?
  3. Mac77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Text/Edit displays the following:
  4. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    A preference file should end in .plist or .plist.xxxxx
    If it ends in .plist.XXX the file right above it ending in .plist is the preference file.
    Either way it should tell in the file name what it is, such as

    The file should look like the sample below. Each preference file follows that pattern.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
    <plist version="1.0">
    <key>NSWindow Frame Progress Panel</key>
    <string>657 761 366 27 0 0 1680 1028 </string>
    <key>NSWindow Frame Progress Panel Frame</key>
    <string>657 761 393 24 0 0 1680 1028 </string>

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