Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A script to clear and disable recent items in Mac OS X doc

From a hint here.

Mac OS X has the annoying feature of remembering your application history in the dock and not erasing the history when you erase it from the application preferences.

The following is a little bash script that does this for you provided you pass the name of the application (e.g. vlc.app) to it.


#!/bin/bash -x
BUNDLEID=$(defaults read "/Applications/$1/Contents/Info" CFBundleIdentifier)
defaults delete "$BUNDLEID.LSSharedFileList" RecentDocuments
defaults write "$BUNDLEID" NSRecentDocumentsLimit 0
defaults write "$BUNDLEID.LSSharedFileList" RecentDocuments -dict-add MaxAmount 0

You need to run killall Dock after this to restart the dock for the changes to take effect.

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