5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2012 10:41 AM by timothy-sutton RSS

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

    timothy-sutton Community Member

      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:


      http://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/kb/en/837/cpsid_83709/attachments/Acrobat_Enterprise_Ad ministration.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" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

      <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.