#318 ✓resolved

On OS X, plutil masks Apple's plutil

Reported by ryandesign | March 4th, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

Installing libplist 1.8 on OS X causes problems, because libplist provides a program called plutil, which does not work the same way as Apple's program of the same name already installed on OS X. Here is the bug report I sent to the MacPorts maintainer of libplist:


Since he has not responded, I'm trying to figure out how we should handle this. Should we:

  • not install libplist's plutil?
  • rename libplist's plutil to something else?

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • mischi

    mischi March 4th, 2013 @ 02:06 PM

    I am maintaining the fink package and was not aware of the problem. Trying "plist -h" actually brought up "Usage: plistutil ...", which is a nice idea. I will actually do an according rename for the fink package until the next release of libplist, where this is fixed.


  • Martin S.

    Martin S. March 5th, 2013 @ 03:07 PM

    • State changed from “new” to “open”
    • Tag changed from libplist to mac os x, libplist, plutil, tools
    • Assigned user set to “Martin S.”
    • Milestone set to 1.2.0 Release
  • Martin S.

    Martin S. March 18th, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

    • Assigned user changed from “Martin S.” to “Nikias Bassen”
    • Milestone cleared.

    I think it's ok to rename plutil into plistutil.

  • Martin S.

    Martin S. March 18th, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “resolved”

    Fixed in git master. The tool is now called "plistutil".

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