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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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launchd StartCalendarInterval not working reliably

I have several tasks that I run from launchd using StartCalendar interval. Under Yosemite these do not necessarily run. (Under Mavericks and earlier they did run) How do I see what launchd is doing ...
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How do I increase “ulimit -u” (max user processes)?

I can change all of the usual ulimits via (for instance) ulimit -n 8192 and launchctl limit maxfiles 8192 8192. Somehow, this doesn't seem to work for -u, the maximum number of user processes: ~$ ...
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Force launchd to re-read environment variables

Is there any way, short of rebooting, to force launchd to re-read environment variables newly defined in /etc/launchd.conf? Can it be done with launchctl(1)?
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How to automate DropBox startup without logging in

I'd like to have DropBox running under multiple user accounts on a Mac, even after a reboot. The Mac auto logs in as one user, not me. How to best achieve this?
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Should I be concerned if the helpd process is eating RAM after an upgrade to Lion?

Hallo, I've recently upgraded to Mac OS Lion from Snow Leopard on my 2009 Unibody Macbook. Now, checking in activity monitor I often find a strange process named helpd taking large parts of the memory ...
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What is causing launchd to burn my CPU?

I'm running Yosemite, a clean install. launchd continuously runs at 100% CPU. Since the Yosemite upgrade I can't change the log level with 'sudo launchctl log level debug' Checking top or Activity ...
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Launchd starts event 40 seconds later?

I've created a .plist file, which should act as system daemon (global with root user). This .plist file listens to the settings directory for changes like changing network settings. When this happens ...
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GUI service manager for OS X?

I am looking for a GUI application, with in icon on the top bar, that can be used to start and stop different services on OS X. These do not have to be real OS X (launchd) services/daemons, it is ...
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Why Does a Shell Script Trapping SIGTERM Work When Run Manually, But Not When Run via launchd?

Okay, quite simply I have a shell script that needs to wait for something to happen, but it has a lock-file and some child-processes that I need to ensure are tidied up if the script is interrupted. ...
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how to block Adobe, Google and others from installing crap on my Mavericks

Adobe and Google insist on install crap on several folders, like update checkers and things like that. This is the crap I have identified by Adobe. ...
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Can't delete .plist files from Trash

I have a program which, when deleting any app, also deletes the extra files and junk as well; including .plist files. Normally this works great though, this time around I've had a few files which ...
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Finding the true status of launchd jobs [closed]

launchctl list launchctl bstree These show which jobs are active, dormant or inactive, allegedly. I have never seen an inactive job personally. Even ones that I have tried to inactivate show as ...
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Huge number of anonymous.xpcd?

When I list out launchctl, I'm seeing nearly a hundred instances of iterations of: Command: sudo launchctl list | grep --invert-match com.apple yields: 1 - 0x7fb4b0f38e50.anonymous.launchd 711 - ...
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LaunchDaemon not recognised

I've installed CouchDB via MacPorts. Now I want to start it when my Mac boots, so I executed the instructions given in the install process: sudo launchctl load -w ...
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Can't connect to rpcbind on localhost

Since upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I can't connect to the rpcbind daemon anymore. launchctl tells me that rpcbind is loaded but not running: $ sudo launchctl list | grep rpcbind - 0 ...
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Launchd script's output not being logged to system.log

Sample script: #!/bin/bash echo "Hello?" ... (other things) When run via launchd, it definitely runs (the other things are being done) but nothing shows up in system.log. I'm running OS 10.9. I ...
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Find process associated with launchd

TCP port 5901 is open on my machine and is causing some mischief, and I want to know which process is opening it. When I run lsof -i -P I see that launchd is the process that opened the port. Is ...
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launchd: ask user before performing tasks

Is there a way to get a user-defined launchd task (i.e. like the one in this question) to get user confirmation before executing the task? A popup like the one for scheduled sleep (with yes/no and a ...
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How do I remove or disable AdobeIPCBroker?

A new unstable resource-draining Adobe process that has recently appeared on my Mac is proving more difficult to hunt down and kill than the numerous other processes that Adobe creates. Generally ...
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Why is my 'launchd' task not responding to changes in watched files?

I have a launchd task that is not triggering when a file changes, and can't figure out why it's failing. When I load the .plist below with launchctl load ...
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In Mountain Lion why do remote shells via ssh do NOT inherit the environment of the launchd parent process?

When logging in to my Mountain Lion Mac remotely via ssh I do not get the same PATH variable as when I open a shell locally: The local shell inherits its environment as expected from launchd and ...
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How do I associate a launchd 2 plist with its domain and service targets?

What exactly are these "domain" and "service targets" and how do I associate them with plists for use by launchd? OS X 10.10 introduces a new launchctl API for managing LaunchDaemons and launching ...
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Run action when device is detached

I'm using a launchd agent to run a shell script whenever I connect my thunderbolt dock. I've been able to use IOKit notifications to detect when the dock is being attached, but I also want to run a ...
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Why isn't my launchctl.plst firing on startup?

I created this plist to get Mongo running on startup but it won't fire. I have to run this every time I start up: launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.mongo.mongod.plist Then it works fine. ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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Add Static ARP Entry at Boot

I'm new to Mac OS X. On Linux I'd: append to /etc/rc.local arp -i eth0 -s 192.168.1.1 00:00:00:00:00:00 I've figured out how to do it in Terminal: sudo arp -s 192.168.1.1 00:00:00:00:00:00 But ...
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How to switch from Spotlight to Alfred via Terminal?

I installed Alfred through homebrew-cask. I want to disable Spotlight and let Alfred be opened with Cmd+S. The first Terminal-based solution I tried was unloading Spotlight with sudo launchctl unload ...
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no such process error with launchctl start. Mac OSX 10.9

The goal is to set machine's network name with the ipaddress of this machine. I have created a plist file and put it into /Library/Launchagents/. For debugging reason I used the command "launctl ...
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How can I write to Notification Center from a launchd command?

I've got a plist set to run at a set interval, and have put it in /Library/LaunchDaemons like so: /Library/LaunchDaemons $ ll macports_update_notifier.plist lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 55B 5 Sep ...
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Loading User LaunchAgent Successfully

I have created a Plist file to replace an Xinetd process that I used successfully in Windows (Cygwin) and Linux to stream an imapd connection from a remote server via ssh on a port on the localhost. ...
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What is “ss_conn_service ” running on OS X?

I'm using OS X El Capitan on iMac 21.5". As an experienced user, I follow activity monitor sometimes for security of my device. For 2-3 days,"ss_conn_service" is running on my device. I cannot ...
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Opening an OS X disk image with a launchd agent while the display is sleeping

I created a launchd agent which opens a non-password-protected sparse disk image (and mounts its solitary volume) daily at 2:45AM in preparation for backup software to write to the volume. The launchd ...
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Configure launchd

I have a launchd plist in ~/Library/LaunchAgents designed to run a script located at ~/writout.sh every day at 10:30AM: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC ...
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How do you set the maxopenfiles limit in Yosemite?

How do you set a soft limit for maxopenfiles in Yosemite? I installed Yosemite last night, and now it's ignoring my settings in my /etc/launchd.conf file: $ cat /etc/launchd.conf limit maxfiles ...
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How to run a nightly backup job on Snow Leopard Server via launchd

I have been trying to configure a nightly backup job on my Mac Mini server, and after a lot of Googling and digging and man-page'ing, I figured out that launchd seemed to be the correct too, and tried ...
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Submitting job to launchd gives error “no plist returned”, “nothing found to load”

I'm writing my first launchd plist. When I try to load it with the following command: $ launchctl load com.Test01.plist launchctl: no plist was returned for: com.Test01.plist nothing found to load ...
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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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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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How to reset OS X volume after sleep using launchd?

I'm been trying to write a plist file on which when I return from sleep mode, I always want to make my Mac volume to the minimum amount. However, it looks like the following plist doesn't work, with ...
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How to prevent loading some LaunchDaemons?

I just took a look into /Library/LaunchDaemons and was wondering how many different things I opened up there :) Can I easily remove strange one? How can I disable them during system boot? I see the ...
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Run plist command every 5 seconds

I have the following plist file in my User/Library/LaunchAgents folder. It presses the "g" key every 60 seconds. My question is, how can I change this to press the "g" key every 5 seconds? ...
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How to run a command at startup

I want to automatically start my MongoDB Server at startup. The command for it is mongod --dbpath="/Users/prateek/Desktop/Mongo Database" How do I configure this in Mac OSX El Capitan? Note - I ...
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What exactly is the purpose of TimeOut key in launchd plist?

What exactly is the purpose of 'TimeOut' key in launchd plist? I thought a program specified through the first parameter of ProgramArguments will be executed after waiting seconds specified as the ...
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MySQL (Percona) and homebrew:

I'm trying to run MySQL server (Percona) by launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.percona-server.plist and I see the following message in /var/log/system.log: Aug 9 01:36:14 xxx ...
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Is there a way to load a LaunchAgent as another user?

From a script run as root I copy a LaunchAgent .plist to /Users/xyz/Library/LaunchAgents. If I load that via launchctl logged in as user xyz it works without problems. If I try to load it from the ...
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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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Launchd to only run on schedule, not restart?

I have a script that I want to set for 3:30am daily and it does run at the set time but it also runs on every restart of the computer which I do not want. How do I make this work with just the ...
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coreaudiod and launchd are taking up 80% and 40% processor respectively

I've just upgraded from mavericks to yosemite, the download was sluggish but eventually worked so I don't think any of the files were corrupted. There was no hitch with the installation as far as I ...
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Turned off everything in folder /LaunchDeamons with launchctrl; can’t boot now—how to recover?

In an effort to shut down the httpd server, I was going to execute this command: sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist Instead this was executed: sudo ...