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Disabling updates on OS X using /L/P/com.adobe.<product>.plist

Jul 19, 2012 11:32 AM

Tags: #update #acrobat_pro_x #featurelockdown

Having read in the Acrobat Deployment Guide that as of Acrobat 10.1.1, there's support for placing a FeatureLockdown-like key in a plist in /Library/Preferences. This is detailed on page 142-143: crobat_Enterprise_Administration.pdf


I'm specifically concentrating on Acrobat Pro X (10.1.1) in this case, and am testing on Snow Leopard 10.6.8. I've placed a plist at that path:


sh-3.2# defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.adobe.Acrobat.Pro      


    10 =     {

        FeatureLockdown =         {

            bUpdater = 0;






Or, if you want the full XML plist contents:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">

<plist version="1.0">














It doesn't seem to take effect. I've tried restarting, logging in and out the user, convert to and from XML to binary plist format, nothing. I notice that Acrobat Pro X's updater plugin also knows something about a plist at /etc/defaults/AdobeARMOverrides.plist. Is this of any use?


Also, the proposed workaround at 15.6.3 is wrong:


"15.6.3  Preventing any updates

To disable the application’s ability to update altogether, use a post install script to move, rename, or

delete the Updater.acroplugin file from the <root>/Contents/Plug-ins/Updater.acropluginplug_ins



This should read "<root>/Contents/Built-in/Updater.acroplugin". I'm quite able to resort to this method instead, but I'd rather use the plist method so I don't need to remove the Updater with every minor update.

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    Jul 19, 2012 11:55 AM   in reply to timothy-sutton

    Investigating. Stay tuned.



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    Jul 19, 2012 3:04 PM   in reply to timothy-sutton

    Thank you for the detailed post.


    1. Under investigation
    2. You are correct and will integrate that change.





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    Jul 23, 2012 11:32 AM   in reply to brogers_1
    1. Verify Class of bUpdater is Boolean. Use plist editor (like PlistEdit pro etc) to check.
    2. The permissions of this file should be – 755.
    3. Verify you're using Acrobat to 10.1.1 or above. It will not work on below versions.





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