Dock Drama dockutil

New Contributor

We are imaging using dockutil to setup our User Templates with new Dock icons. We are installing an empty Dock.plist gathered with Composer as the results were extremely unreliable without an existing .plist in the User Template folder.

We have our dockutil scripts completed and the icons are in postion with 2 oddities.

We are experiencing a 'Macintosh HD' icon being added to the right side of the dock despite there being no reference to Macintosh HD in the dock.plist or in the dockutil setup scripts.

We are also seeing a Downloads folder, belonging to our image development account. We include the command below, with no changes.

"$dockutil" --remove 'Downloads' --no-restart "/System/Library/User Template/English.lproj/Library/Preferences/"


Valued Contributor II

I've found Dockutil scripts work best when "Perform login hook actions in background" is turned off in your JSS. This way Dockutil will do it's thing before the user environment starts to load. If theres no existing dock plist, dockutil will create one.

Valued Contributor

You may have better luck just copying the file from to the User Temolate rather than packaging and deploying an existing dock.

Then when the default dock gets created for a user just remove all with dockutil then populate the rest.

I'll share my script tomorrow.