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plutil(1)                 BSD General Commands Manual                plutil(1)


NAME

     plutil -- property list utility


SYNOPSIS

     plutil [command_option] [other_options] file
             ...


DESCRIPTION

     plutil can be used to check the syntax of property list files, or convert
     a plist file from one format to another.  Specifying - as an input file
     reads from stdin.

     The first argument indicates the operation to perform, one of:

     -help         Show the usage information for the command and exit.

     -p            Print the property list in a human-readable fashion. The
                   output format is not stable and not designed for machine
                   parsing. The purpose of this command is to be able to eas-
                   ily read the contents of a plist file, no matter what for-
                   mat it is in.

     -lint         Check the named property list files for syntax errors.
                   This is the default command option if none is specified.

     -convert fmt  Convert the named file to the indicated format and write
                   back to the file system.  If the file can't be loaded due
                   to invalid syntax, the operation fails.

                   fmt is one of:  xml1, for version 1 of the XML plist format
                                   binary1, for version 1 of the binary plist
                                   format json, for the JSON format

     There are a few additional options:

     --            Specifies that all further arguments are file names

     -s            Don't print anything on success.

     -r            For JSON, add whitespace and indentation to make the output
                   more human-readable.

     -o path       Specify an alternate path name for the result of the -con-
                   vert operation; this option is only useful with a single
                   file to be converted.  Specifying - as the path outputs to
                   stdout.

     -e extension  Specify an alternate extension for converted files, and the
                   output file names are otherwise the same.


DIAGNOSTICS

     The plutil command exits 0 on success, and 1 on failure.


SEE ALSO

     plist(5)


STANDARDS

     The plutil command obeys no one's rules but its own.


HISTORY

     The plutil command first appeared in Mac OS X 10.2.

Mac OS X                        August 30, 2002                       Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.9 - Generated Sun Oct 13 09:03:09 CDT 2013
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