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Storing Serial number where all users can access (6 posts)

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  • Started 12 years ago by dc30
  • Latest reply 12 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • dc30 Member

    We're setting up our pilot MacOS X lab, and since the serial number is stored in the Fetch 4 Prefs, it is only available to the admin user, other users are asked to enter a serial number, purchase, or use in trial mode.

    I tried moving the Fetch Prefs file to /Library/Preferences, but it doesn't help.

    How can Fetch be used on a truly multi-user machine under OS X?

    We have an educational serial number if it makes a difference, as this is a university lab.

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    When you enter the serial number Fetch also stores it to itself (as long as it's in a writable folder). I recommend distributing a copy of Fetch with the serial number stored that way, so you don't need any separate files.

    If you need to re-enter serial number information (e.g. to get Fetch to store it to itself) hold down Control and Option when you launch Fetch.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • dc30 Member

    Great, that did it. Although the folder was writable when the first prefs were created, it didn't save the SN in the application itself, only in the Prefs file. Is there any way to make a custom Shortcuts and Prefs (with certain options) that is used as teh starting point for each user? I'd love to be able to stick the global settings in /Library/Preferences.

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Yes, if there is no "Fetch Prefs" or "Fetch Shortcuts" file in ~/Library/Preferences (the user's own Preferences folder) Fetch looks for them in /Library/Preferences. If it finds them there it copies them to the user's Preferences folder -- so they act as a starting point.

    This behavior was added in Fetch 4.0.2.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • dc30 Member

    This worked for the Shortcuts, but not for Preferences (which is what we really need). Even after I changed the privs to match the working Shortcuts, the Preference for Security:Warn before sending cleartext password to secure server does not stay unchecked for new users.

    Since the kerberos support doesn't work, our users will get this dire message when they try connect to our servers, which implies they have another option, but they don't, so we'd really like to turn this error message off for all users by default.

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Right you are -- that appears to be a bug.

    Another possible workaround is to edit the appropriate DPRF (default preference) resource in the copies of Fetch you distribute.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #

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