Manually migrating app preferences to Yosemite

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pjny, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I used migration assistant to update from Mavericks to Yosemite but it was causing an incompatability with one of my key apps on 10.10. Do you know how I can manually move my preferences over to Yosemite?

    What does Migration Assistant copy over just so I can selectively move stuff over to try to pinpoint the one thing that is causing my app to not work properly.

  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    How I would do it:

    1. Create a non-admin throwaway user account.
    2. Use Migration Assistant to migrate the Mavericks info into the throwaway account.
    3. Look in ~/Library and its sub-folders to see what actually got migrated.

    4. Try using the throwaway account's migrated settings with the "key app", and see if it works, fails, or is somewhere in between.

    5. Start removing things from the throwaway account until the "key app" behaves.
    6. If the key app never behaves, create a new throwaway account and migrate nothing to it.
    7. Try the key app there.
  3. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks. Great tip.


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