Back up user prefs 4.2.4 is a Mac OS X AppleScript shareware application that backs up and restores a user's preferences and related folders for safety in the event of corruption of either individual preferences or the entire folder. Back up user prefs allows the user to elect to save a set of previously backed-up preferences in the event that something goes wrong during the backup process. In addition to backing up preferences and related files, Back up user prefs can also restore your system using either of the two sets of previously-saved preferences, provided that two sets exist within the user's Backup_preferences folder. 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, only the ~/Library/Preferences folder, the browser files, the ~/Library/Mail files, etc. (see the list below). Beginning with v 2.4.8, Back up user prefs added a feature called "Auto-pilot" which enables the experienced user of the application to eliminate nearly all dialog boxes except those that are absolutely necessary for the proper operation of the application. Included with Back up user prefs 4.2.3 is an additional application: BUUP4.2.2_for_cron, a version of the backup portion of Back up user prefs 4.2.4 that enables the scheduling of unattended backups using the Unix script "cron" or the very useful freeware GUI version called CronniX. If you decide to use BUUP4.2.2_for_cron, then you will need to register; BUUP4.2.1_for_cron will run only ten times without a serial number. For version 4.2.3, the error-detection routines have been completely rewritten in an attempt to eliminate the problems caused by the differences in the way in which versions 10.2.x and 10.3.x of the Mac OS deal with permissions issues. This software is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther")--but you should not use it with FileVault enabled.
File Size1.24 MB
Operating System Mac OS X 10.2 Mac OS X 10.3 Macintosh
System Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher (v1.2 is still available for those who have not upgraded to Jaguar)

  • Note:Back up user prefs 4.x appears to be incompatible with FileVault in Mac OS X 10.3. If you have FileVault enabled, DO NOT USE THIS APPLICATION until further notice!