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Battery Status Preferences
If Battery Status will be running on a computer where it’d be preferable if ordinary users couldn’t change certain preferences, then administrators may be interested in knowing how to override Battery Status Preferences.
How Administrators can Override Battery Status Preferences
Administrators are capable of overriding Battery Status Preferences by opening a hidden preference file, called “.Override” located in the Resources folder of the app bundle. The easiest way of accessing this file is by using the Terminal commands cd to navigate into the bundle, and then the terminal command open to open the file in any application that can edit plists (TextEdit will work if nothing else is available.)
Here are example commands to access and open .Override:
$ cd /Applications/Battery\ Status.app/Contents/Resources/
$ open -a TextEdit .Override
If this file has been opened in a text editor, look for the <key> tags. Between the tags <key> and </key> , the name of each preference is given. Beneath each key is either the override setting for the preference, or sub-preferences stored between <dict> and </dict> tags and also named between <key> and </key> tags. Most preferences may only be turned on or off, a setting denoted by a <true/> or <false/> tag, respectively. Some preferences, such as Reflected Device’s Override To, may be set to an integer. To change these, simply provide a valid integer between the <integer> and </integer> tags. The table below explains each of the settings.
* Warnings will be displayed using Notification Center on computers running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer, or as alert windows on computers running prior versions of OS X.
† Remote Warnings will only be displayed if Receive is enabled.