[ANN] I have a confession...

Todd Higgins higginsta at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 22:49:21 EDT 2009

The simplest solution to this problem would be just make the machine  
hibernate instead of sleep.

Here is the command:

sudo pmset -b hibernatemode 1

When on battery power and the sleep command is issued, the laptop will  
write the memory to disk and then powerdown the machine.  I tested it  
on my 1st gen. Macbook Pro, and it worked as advertised.

man pmset in the Terminal will give you the nitty gritty details about  
the command, but I found an article online that explains it nicely:




On Mar 18, 2009, at 8:12 PM, Kay C Lan wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 3:45 AM, Todd Higgins <higginsta at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Does you friend have a newer Mac (Powerbook G4 SD and newer)?  If  
>> so, I
>> would tell him to just put it to sleep.  By default the contents of  
>> RAM is
>> written to a disk image. Details on Safe Sleep can be found here:
>> http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1757
> Yeah, this is a way cool feature. Sleep your MacBook, pull the  
> battery out
> (unlucky for the new MBP 17" owners)  for a second or two and then  
> pop it
> back in. Next time you power up your MB it's right back where you  
> left it.
> Probably not a long term recommended solution, but I've appreciated  
> this
> feature way too many times than I should have.
> Towards a less brutal solution, on OS X, you might think about  
> looking into
> ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist
> Unfortunately whilst this gives the name of the file in plain  
> English, the
> path is given in some kind of code which fortunately can be decoded  
> using
> AppleScript. Look here for some hints how to sort the list  
> chronologically:
> http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=17554
> My initial thoughts would be to work with the listed Documents, not
> Applications. Have the user set the Recent Document to a reasonable  
> number.
> By sorting chronologically you should be able to remove any files  
> that were
> opened the day previously, unfortunately if it's set to 20 and he  
> opens 20
> files and closes 10 of them on the same day, when he starts again  
> it's going
> to open all 20 :-(
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