Is it safe to delete these files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by celticpride678, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. celticpride678

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    #1
    Is it safe to delete these files?:

    1. com.apple.spotlight.plist
    2. com.apple.dock.plist
    3. com.apple.dock.db

    They are all located in Users/USERNAME/Library/Preferences.

    Also, are there any other locations for these files? Thanks for the help
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

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    #2
    Why do you want to delete them? They'll just be re-created. You'll lose any spotlight preferences and dock settings.
     
  3. celticpride678 thread starter Guest

    celticpride678

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    #3
    Yeah. I need to do a few tests regarding both items. But, are they safe to delete initially?
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    #4
    You can delete all the plists you want. I'd be careful about the .db though.
     
  5. celticpride678 thread starter Guest

    celticpride678

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    #5
    I deleted both and restarted. No issue. Just lost all my dock icons. No big deal. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. kilowattradio macrumors regular

    kilowattradio

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    #6
    Next time in Terminal.app or x11 use:
    Code:
    mv com.apple.spotlight.plist $HOME
    mv com.apple.dock.plist $HOME
    mv com.apple.dock.db $HOME
    then if you need to you can move them back.
    You can also do the same thing in the finder first copy then delete.
     

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