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Launchctl List - Screen Sharing Process Running While Disabled?

Below is my list of active processes as produced by the launchctl list command in terminal. I'm not messing with those processes, but I am studying them to learn more about how OS X works. The ...
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OS 10.10.5 launchctl job is not receiving input from socket

I tried following this clever guide by Sean Coates for setting up a remote pbcopy, but I'm running into trouble. I think it's because of the recent changes to launchctl after OS 10.10.5. He has me ...
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How to run AppleScript (.scpt) as LaucnDaemon by root

I have an AppleScript or set of Applescripts that I am trying to run as a LaunchDaemon. I have no problem running the LaunchDaemon with my user. The problem comes in where I have the need to read a ...
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OS X Server leaves some unwanted open ports after removal

I am currently running OS X Version 10.9.5 (Mavericks). In the past I installed OS X server and had to sign some certificates so that users could authenticate with the VPN function (which is what I ...
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Logging for SSHD when started from Launchd with `-d` option?

I'm working on OS X 10.8.5, fully patched. I have an updated OpenSSH server installed in /usr/local/sbin listening on port 1522. Connection attempts result in ssh_exchange_identification: Connection ...
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Permanently disable Apple's OpenSSH?

I have an older OS X 10.5 PowerMac (PowerPC) that needs to be online for testing software under the processor. It needs to be online because others want to use it for testing, too. I've updated ...
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launchd disk writes

Using activity monitor, I've noticed that launchd with pid 1 is using a lot of disk writes: after about 8 hours of light use, it's done ~2GB bytes written. Is it normal behavior? If not, how shall I ...
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Path not allowed in target domain, and ASL module X claims selected messages

I'm troubleshooting a fairly new MacBook Air that periodically refuses to let the user log into it (spinning beach ball at the login screen, sometimes restarted lets her log in, usually works fine if ...
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Does man launchd.plist OnDemand and KeepAlive give incorrect infos?

as I understood from the following Apple's guide Creating Launch Daemons and Agents, OS X's daemons managed by launchd are by default launched on-demand, therefore when there is an incoming request to ...
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Applescript exits with error when run via launchd

I have an applescript running beautifully in Script Editor as well as from an osascript command at the Terminal. The script talks to the Reminders.app in order to pass iCloud reminder entries to a few ...
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Background processes periodically eat up my CPU time on OS X 10.10.4, Yosemite

Periodically the CPU on my iMac Mid-2015 running OS X 10.10.4, gets used almost exclusively by: launchd: ~70% fseventsd: 12% UserEventAgent: ~40% opendirectoryd: 20% notifyd: 12% I have tried ...
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OpenVPN causes loss of WAN connection after returning from sleep

I'm trying to use OpenVPN to have a constant VPN connection on my 10.10.4 install. Currently I've setup OpenVPN via homebrew and as stated put an openvpn.conf in /etc/openvpn as the default profile ...
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Can I unload com.apple.mrt via launchd or otherwise remedy these errors?

I just realized that the job com.apple.mrt crashes every 10 seconds on my Mac. What exactly is the aim of com.apple.mrt? Apparently it should be a "Malware Removal Tool". Can I remove it from ...
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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Wi-Fi stops working when I launch OpenVPN server

I have an OpenVPN server running on my device. I downloaded OpenVPN from homebrew and it has a plist to load with launchctl. However, if I try launching the server with launchctl start ...
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Running Postgres as Launch Daemon

I am working on setting up a psql server and would therefore like postgres to run whenever the computer is on, regardless of whether I'm logged it. (The machine is running OS X Yosemite.) I set up a ...
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Stealthy Mac, Disabling network services on OS X (Non-Server)

I have written a bash script to harden OS X Security and be as stealthy as possible. The script: Disable bonjour Start firewall and block all non-essentials incoming traffic Enable Stealth Mode to ...
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How to re-span a cron-like launchd script in case of script error?

I have a cron-like launchd script (StartCalendarInterval) that does a backup of some website data once per day: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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launchagent logs warning/error into console

I have a launch agent that I created several years ago to set a random signature both in a .signature and in Mail.app. It does nothing complicated and has hummed along through several OS X versions. ...
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launchctl error “nothing found to load” when run via cron

On OS X 10.9, I'm running a script (e.g., ~/bin/run.sh) via my user crontab (added using crontab -e). This script, under some specific conditions (not related to this question), will run the following ...
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Can't get launchd task to run

I've done this once and I'm trying to do it on a new computer and I can't see what I'm doing wrong. I have a ruby script in my user folder named forecast.rb. I have set it to executable (a+x). It ...
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Remove .plist from /LaunchAgents

Before I go to the issue, I did find a similar thread, but it's quite outdated and I'm not sure if it suits for me. Around two years ago when I got my Mac, I decided to install Seagate Media Sync for ...
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rsync error: connection unexpectedly closed

I'm trying to backup some folders on an ubuntu server to an external G-Drive, connected through thunderbolt to my iMac, in this manner: $ time nohup sh -c 'rsync -avz myuser@myserver:/home/user/ ...
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Why does my LaunchAgent return ROOT as the user?

I have a plist in the /Library/LaunchAgent folder (this should run as "logged in user", if I understand correctly but it seems to be running as root). It launches a .sh bash script. <?xml ...
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App Name not Displayed Correctly

I've created an AppleScript, saved it as an app and run it by launchd. For an undetermined reason, the app's name in Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy is displayed with a long string of ...
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Automator and Launchd: OSStatus error -10810

I have a number of automator script scheduled in launchd. All the scripts work fine and execute the workflow as expected. These are simple workflows that execute some finder actions and shell ...
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Why is my BASH script being executed twice? I'm using launchd

I have one plist associated with this launchd agent. There is one agent listed in launchctl list, and it calls my bash script, called rc.wakeup, whenever the mac is woken up from sleep. There is only ...
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Kernel panic related to DirtyJetsamMemoryLimit?

I've been having random crashes (freezes or kernel panics requiring hard reboots) but I can't seem to pin down the cause. Looking in Console.app on restart, the only common factor seems to be related ...
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How to find root cause of launchd crashing

UPDATED: Added crash log. It's not clear (to me) why launchd is dying: Anonymous UUID: B3C59CC3-5B1B-3BDD-F35F-BB6973D6679B Thu Jul 30 07:55:30 2015 *** Panic Report *** panic(cpu 0 caller ...
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How to periodically show alert message *in foreground*?

I want to have an alert / dialog box to fire up periodically in foreground. I tried a combination of AppleScript and launchd and managed to have the script (actually converted to a app) fired up ...
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How to create automatic launchd job that sets the Ruby version to use

I'd like to run a ruby script automatically once or twice a day on my MacBook running OS X Yosemite. Problem is that I currently have three versions of Ruby on my system including 1.8.7 and 2.2.1, ...
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Can launchd be made to set a different owner on files it creates while executing a .plist job?

I have a launchctl .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons as follows: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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Looking for org.macports.smartd.plist from macport's smartmontools

I compiled smartmontools myself, and it is working flawlessly. What I miss is a LaunchDaemon script to run smartd in the background. When you install smartmontools via. macports, you will get a ...
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Settings for CalendarAgent, Mingler and iCalExternalSync services

I have the dreaded issue with recurring sync service processes wreaking havoc on my MacBook Pro with O S X 10.9 Mavericks and stealing my CPU cycles for no apparent good reason. Usually with a 3 month ...
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New stats file created every 20 seconds in /var/log/com.apple.launchd.peruser.94?

My machine consumes all CPU for one or two hours processing some systemstats. So far I work around that by regularly cleaning the huge amount of data in /private/var/db/systemstats/ Now I noticed, ...
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Automated screensaver configuration in command line/shell script

So I'm configuring some Default User Template LaunchAgents to configure a default screensaver for some of my company's most popular fan art. (It's actually been really well received by the team). ...
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launchd fails loading storagekitd

I do observe the following com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.storagekitd) Service only ran for 2 seconds. Pushing respawn out by 8 seconds. What is storagekitd? How can I find out who's trying ...
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Yosemite com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.cloudpaird) is running every 10 seconds

I am getting this message that repeats every 10 seconds on my Mac in Console: "com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.cloudpaird) Service only ran for 0 seconds. Pushing respawn out by 10 seconds." I ...
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Creating LaunchAgents to Customize Screensaver and Background

I'm building a series of images that will be deployed on a multitude of different Macs from 2007-2015 (and onward). The user accounts will the local-forced Active Directory accounts, so I'm making ...
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How do I keep an ssh tunnel alive using launchd?

I would like to keep an ssh tunnel alive. Below is my launch agent plist file but it only keeps the tunnel up for a day or two at the most. I'm using OS X 10.10.3. <?xml version="1.0" ...
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Why can't I use `launchctl setenv` from `tmux`?

If I'm running within tmux and I try to update an environment variable with launchctl, I see an error like this: $ launchctl setenv GIT_SSH /opt/local/bin/ssh Not privileged to set domain ...
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System accounting broken after MacOS X upgrade: why? fix?

After MacOS X upgrades (Mavericks, Yosemite) I noticed the system accounting was broken. What is this? The system accounting is a kernel function which record any command run on the system. It is a ...
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Launchctl says plist is invalid, plutil says it's OK

I'm trying to have launchd run a shell script when I join a new WiFi network. I've created this plist file (closely based on this SuperUser answer) at ...
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Setup launchd task to run when USB device is connected

I'm hoping to setup a script to run automatically when a USB device is connected, however I'm not certain how to trigger it. Unfortunately the USB device isn't a volume, so I can't use the onmount ...
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mpd stuttering when run under launchd

Background As a terminal junkie, I've started messing around with a combination of mpd (Music Player Daemon) and a player, ncmpcpp (NCurses Media Player Client C++). I installed these via Homebrew - ...
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launchd using 100% CPU for 20 seconds once per minute

I'm trying to track down a problem with launchd on OS X 10.9.5. Once every minute, launchd spikes to 100% cpu for about 20 second or so, then goes back to minimal cpu usage. So thats ~20 seconds at ...
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Configure Yosemite Server WebApp with LaunchD

Question Has anyone successfully been able to start a webapp via a webappctl configuration which specifies a launchd configuration in their webapp.plist launchKeys key? Background Specifically, ...
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What is managing nfsd on OS X?

I have two questions regarding nfsd on OS X: What is managing the start/stop phase of this daemon? Launchd? It has an enable and disable mode, but I don't know what does this do. What is the default ...
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Is it possible to change the SSH_AUTH_SOCK path?

I would like to have the ssh-agent socket inside my home directory, but currently it is created inside /private/tmp. I see that the agent is managed though launchctl and this plist: ...
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Mac OSX : How to protect daemon process from stopping by root/admin

I've a security daemon which performs many security related tasks. Daemon plist is part of /Library/LaunchDaemon/com.xyz.securityservice.plist also KeepAlive flag is 1. The daemon I've currently can ...