Convert Apple .plist file to from XML / binary

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A pair of handy terminal commands for converting Apple .plist preference files from binary to XML format [allowing for easy editing with a text editor] and then back to binary again, afterwards.

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  1. # Let's use the Finder's prefs file as an example
  3. # Convert it to XML format
  4. plutil -convert xml1 ~/Library/Preferences/
  7. # After editing, convert it back
  8. plutil -convert binary1 ~/Library/Preferences/
  10. # Restart the Finder
  11. killall Finder

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