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"Launch alfred at login" gets re-enabled after every upgrade [Fixed 4.6.6 b1302 pre-release]


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(Apologies if this is a duplicate, I wasn't able to find anything with a few quick searches)


What happens: I don't want Alfred to launch at login, so I leave the option unchecked. However, every time I upgrade Alfred, it re-checks the "Launch Alfred at login" option. This most recently happened while upgrading to version 4.6.4 [1294] (w/ powerpack).


Before upgrading:



After upgrading:




Expected behavior: this setting should not change, when upgrading the software.


OS version: 11.6.4




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@mikedee Welcome to the forum :)


Alfred won't re-enable this by himself, but it's possible that something's stopping your newly set preference from saving.


If you take a look at the macOS preferences for Users > Login items, is Alfred listed there as launching at startup? You should be able to remove him there.


Let know how you get on.


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@mikedee Apologies, I've discussed this with @Andrew, who confirmed that Alfred does re-add himself during updates.  This has been Alfred's behaviour for over a decade, hence my incorrect answer, again apologies for the confusion! 


It's unusual for anyone to want Alfred installed and to continue doing software updates, but not want it launching automatically, so I've raised it as a point of discussion internally.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Gotcha, thank you. And yeah, I just updated to 4.6.5 and it did indeed re-add itself to my login items.


In case it's helpful, here's _why_ I don't want Alfred to start right away:


 - I use dropbox to sync my Alfred preferences between several different machines.
 - My dropbox folder is quite large, so I sync it to an external drive.
 - Unfortunately, MacOS doesn't mount external drives until AFTER loading the login items.

 - SO: Alfred tries to launch *before* its preference folder is available.


This is obviously not going to be a very common issue :)

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  • Andrew changed the title to "Launch alfred at login" gets re-enabled after every upgrade [Fixed 4.6.6 b1302 pre-release]
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i have the opposite issue where i keep selecting this checkbox and it keeps getting disabled. any idea why this could be? alfred 5.1.2


Found it, checked login items and there was a shortcut to alfred 4 in there which somehow interfered, once i removed it alfred 5 was added successfully.

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