Back up user prefs 2.4.6 is a Mac OS X AppleScript freeware application, that backs up a user's ~/Library/Preferences folder for safety in the event of corruption of either individual preferences or the entire folder. It also backs up the preferences folders for Chimera (Navigator), Camino (the newly-renamed version of Chimera) and OmniWeb that lurk in the ~/Library/Application Support folder and Mozilla and Safari in the ~/Library folder. (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, iCab, and Opera preferences are automatically backed up when the ~/Library/Preferences folder is saved.) It can, at the user's discretion, back up his or her ~/Library/Mail folder. It also allows the user to elect to save previously backed-up preferences in the event that something goes wrong. In addition to backing up preferences and related files, Back up user prefs 2.4.x can also restore your system using previously-saved preferences. This feature is a very important one, since it can save the user the hours of agony required by a full system reinstallation by replacing the corrupted files that are usually the cause of serious system failures. Also, this replacement is selective: you do not have to restore everything, but can instead select, for example, the ~/Library/Preferences folder, the browser files, the Mail files, or the Address Book files separately. Also included is another restoration option, namely the choice to restore only the "com.apple.internetconfig.plist" file in the ~Library/Preferences folder. The corruption of this file, which unfortunately occurs with some frequency, results in the loss of the user's Internet preferences, which include the choice of a default mail application and browser, a default location for downloaded files, e-mail address and password information, etc. The actual amount of alteration to the Back up user prefs application is minimal, but the effect of the presence of this option is most assuredly not!
Mac OS X 10.3
Mac OS X 10.2
||Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) or higher (v1.2 is still available for those who have not upgraded to Jaguar)