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Propagator is made for schools with large Mac file servers and tech people who would like to copy one file (or many files, or many folders) into the folders of dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of users.
Propagator is made for schools with large Mac file servers and tech people who would like to copy one file (or many files, or many folders) into the folders of dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of users. Great for preference files.
See that "Set Ownership" checkbox? That will set the correct owner/permissions for every file copied based on the folder names (user's short names) in the third field of that screenshot.
Drag all the preferences you want to copy to all users into the big draggable area in the Propagator window.
Choose what folder you want all those preferences to go into. That "Common Places" pulldown near the second field has a lot of...well, common places. You can also just type the folder you want if you are so inclined, or leave it blank for the top level of each user's home directory.
Choose the folder that contains all your user folders for the third field.
Click "Set Ownership" if you want files to get the correct permissions (a good idea).
Click "Lock Files After Copy" if you don't want kids messing with your new settings.
Click "Just Delete Existing Items" if you want Propagator to just delete corresponding copies of what's in the "Copy These Items" list. A good way to get rid of Cache folders or other unhappy things.
If you want to choose a specific set of users to copy to, click the "Choose Users..." button and a drawer will pop out with the names of all users. You can add, subract or clear all names.
OR..., you can create your own customized list much quicker. "Paste Clipboard" will enter a list of names you've copied from a text document, AppleWorks or Excel spreadsheet, or even just a bunch of user folders you batch-selected and copied from the Finder.
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