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Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby JamesStep » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 03:47:38 GMT

At my office, there's a Mac that's used by many different people.
There's one program -- the email program Entourage -- that I want to
keep running constantly because it's set up to auto-respond, but people
occasionally quit it accidentally, and it might be hours before anyone

Is there any way -- either via OS-X or a third-party program -- to make
it more difficult for a user to quit a particular program by accident?


Re: Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby matt » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 05:33:05 GMT

You could change the File > Quit menu item keyboard shortcut so that it
isn't Command-Q. But it will still be quittable. If you want something
more sophisticated it's possible to have a process that watches to see
if Entourage is running and starts it if it isn't.

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Re: Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby Steve W. Jackson » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 05:40:54 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

Perhaps it could be set to run under a different account from the one 
everyone apparently shares.  Then, using Fast User Switching, it might 
be possible to leave it running while they use a separate account 
Steve W. Jackson
Montgomery, Alabama

Re: Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby Michael Vilain » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 06:54:18 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

A well-behaved program should be able to quit or exit.  There's 
MenuMaster haxie which allows you to delete and reasign command-key 
equivalents on a per-program basis:


I use it a lot as I don't like some of the command-key equivalents.  For 
example, I hate the SELECT ALL and QUIT commands in Virtual PC.  So, I 
removed them from the program with MenuMaster.

Don't delete the ability to quit entirely as you won't be able to 
restart the system cleanly--the program won't quit as it should when you 
restart or shutdown.

Alternately, you can create a "cron" job to check if Entourage is 
running and if it isn't, restart it.  Otherwise, do nothing.  You can 
run this as frequently as you like (I run my version which checks for 
Eudora hourly).

You'll need to know how to use the Terminal.app and be logged in as the 

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Re: Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby Kevin Michael Vail » Fri, 08 Sep 2006 09:56:19 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,

There used to be a widget for Konfabulator that displayed the count of 
unread email messages in Entourage.  It wouldn't let Entourage quit 
because it polled it every thirty seconds or so via an AppleScript...if 
I tried to quit Entourage without shutting that widget down first, it 
would start right back up again.  Frustrating for me but it sounds like 
it might do just what you want.
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Suddenly shine so pale?/Bright eyes|. . . . . . . . .

Re: Warning if user tries to quit?

Postby JamesStep » Sat, 09 Sep 2006 02:47:48 GMT

My thanks to everyone for all your advice; I'll give those things a try
and I appreciate your assistance.


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