Tab position preference

Mike Alexander mta at
Sun Oct 20 21:33:42 EDT 2013

--On October 20, 2013 7:39:49 AM -0700 John Ralls <jralls at> 

>> I'm running the X11 version of GnuCash on MacOSX.  Does anyone know
>> where the preferences are stored in that environment?  I can't find
>> them and I can't find any recently changed file that might contain
>> them.  When I try to look at them with the gsettings command, I seem
>> to get the default values, but GnuCash manages to get the correct
>> current values.
> See if ~/Library/Preferences/org.gnucash.Gnucash.plist exists. If it
> does, the gsettings is using defaults.

That file doesn't exist, but 
/Users/mta/Library/Preferences/gnucash.plist does and contains the 
prefs.  This file is very strange.  I didn't find it last night because 
its Spotlight information is incomplete so that it can't be found by 
any Spotlight search.  I'm not sure why it's like this, but there are 
other files in my Preferences directory that are similar so it's 
probably not an issue.

GSettings is using the defaults mechanism, in particular the 
NSUserDefaults class.  It took me a while to find this since the 
backend is called GNextstepSettingsBackend.  Apparently nothing much 
has changed since the Next Step days.  It calls "[NSUserDefaults 
standardUserDefaults]" to initialize things and according to the 
documentation this creates a defaults object using the application's 
bundle ID.  GnuCash has no bundle ID when running as an X11 
application.  It looks like it is using the command name instead.


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