Messed around with Terminal, now my Dock is gone :/

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SirMacintosh, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. SirMacintosh macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    i tried this out:

    I guess i did something wrong, and my Dock is gone.

    I already tried:
    - killall Dock
    - Reinstall the Dock.app
    - Docker 1.1.1

    Nothing really helped. And now I had to create a second Account to still be able to use my Mac.

    The issue is only on the one administrative account. And after a couple of minutes it gets stuck and I have to shut down the Mac.


    How can I at least save my files from this User Account? Or repair all the mess.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    #2
    Just reinstall OS X, it won't erase any of your data
     
  3. ToastyX macrumors regular

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    Delete ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist from the affected account's home folder.
     
  4. SirMacintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried that, didn't help.
     
  5. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Reinstall (without deleting data) will fix it.
     
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Did you reboot after deleting the plist file? Just deleting the file won't relaunch the Dock. The code you entered modified that plist file so deleting it should take care of things.
     
  7. SirMacintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I put the Snow Leopard Update disk in and clicked install
    Result: Did NOT help :/

    What now?
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Backup your data and reinstall everything and wipe the drive.

    The first thing you should do after reinstallation is hide the Terminal app.
     
  9. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    My initial reaction to reading this thread was "Welcome to OS 9!" :)

    But, in all seriousness, I suppose everyone needs their dock...

    When you reinstalled, did it not return the dock to the desktop? What option did you select when you reinstalled the OS?
     
  10. SirMacintosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There wasnt really a selection, i put the Snow Leopard disk in clicked on the image and it started installing.
     

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