defaults [ action ]
The 'defaults' command lets you to read and modify a user's defaults.
This program replaces the old NeXTstep style dread, dwrite, and dremove programs.
If you have access to another user's defaults database, you may include '-u username' before any other options to use that user's database rather than your own.
- defaults read [ domain [ key] ]
read the named default from the specified domain. If no 'key' is given - read all defaults from the domain. If no 'domain' is given - read all defaults from all domains. A domain is either an application name, or "NSGlobalDomain", for system level defauts. (Running programs can access two other domains, "NSArgumentDomain", for command line arguments, "NSRegistrationDomain", a second-chance domain in which "defaults for defaults" can be registered, and possibly domains for specific locales.)
- defaults readkey key
read the named default from all domains.
- defaults write domain key value
write 'value' as default 'key' in the specified domain. 'value' must be a property list in single quotes.
- defaults write domain dictionary
write 'dictionary' as a replacement for the specified domain. 'dictionary' must be a property list in single quotes.
- defaults write
reads standard input for defaults in the format produced by 'defaults read' and writes them to the database.
- defaults delete [ domain [ key] ]
remove the specified default(s) from the domain. If no 'key' is given - delete the entire domain.
- defaults delete
read standard input for a series of lines containing pairs of domains and keys for defaults to be deleted.
- defaults domains
lists the domains in the database (one per line)
- defaults find word
searches domain names, default names, and default value strings for those equal to the specified word and lists them on standard output.
- defaults plist
output some information about property lists
- defaults help
list options for the defaults command.
holds defaults for a user
The 'defaults' command appeared in OpenStep and combined the capabilities of the earlier NeXTstep commands 'dread', 'dwrite', and 'dremove'.
The GNUstep version was written in 1998.
This manual page first appeared in gnustep-base 1.9.2 (March 2004).
defaults was written by Richard Frith-Macdonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>