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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

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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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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launchd with high disk usage

launchd is producing a lot of I/O activity. In the last day and a half it managed to write 12 GB of data while reading 500MB. I the logs I do not see anything suspicious. Any suggestion at where ...
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Why is my launchd job running at boot even with RunAtLoad key set to false?

I have a launchd plist file that I use to run a program at a selected time every day. It works, but it also runs the program whenever I boot the computer or unload and reload the job using the GUI ...
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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 to show all running launchctl daemons/agents?

When I run: sudo launchctl bslist ... it shows all the running /System daemons, but I have some running from /Library/LaunchDaemons and it is not showing those. How can I show them all?
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How to run multiple commands on reboot using launchctl/plist?

In OS X, you can write a plist file in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ (or something similar, depending on what permissions/users you like it to be operated on), and load it using launchctl to make it ...
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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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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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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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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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launchtl: any way to disable a daemon after removing the plist file?

I was trying to permanently disable a 3rd party daemon, so I deleted its plist file from /Library/LaunchDaemons-- and then I realized that I hadn't done a launchctl unload on it first; trying after ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Derive the launchd config plist based on a launch label

When I list the currently running services, I see a service I'd like to remove: % launchctl list | grep -i spotify - 13 com.spotify.webhelper Launchctl allows me to stop it via launchctl stop ...
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How do I turn the echo service on in Snow Leopard?

I'd like to temporarily turn on the echo service (TCP and UDP port 7) on in Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). I guess this involves using the launchctl/launchd?
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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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Assistive Access when script is launched by agent

Problem Applescript run by osascript is not allowed Assistive Access when launched by agent (~/Library/LaunchAgents). Although it works when run from Applescript editor or commandline directly (using ...
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Is /etc/resolv.conf changed every time my DHCP lease changes?

I'd like to fire an event via launchd whenever my DHCP lease changes the IP on my WiFi interface. My question is similar to what's being asked in this question, which makes me thing I can watch ...
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Is there a way to make launchd stop a service on sleep and start it up again on wake?

I have several pieces of server software installed on my MacBook Pro for work using Homebrew. There is one service in particular, that likes to peg the CPU after the OS wakes up from sleep until I ...
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Grey Volume bar - coreaudiod - Job failed to exec(3) for weird reason: 2

I've just installed the Mavericks 10.9.1 update and my audio is not working. The volume bar is obscurely grey, and the mac is becoming slightly slow. I checked the console to see anything related to ...
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How can root launch a regular Mac application from a cron job in /etc/crontab?

I want the cronjob to do some things as the superuser, and depending on the result, launch an app as me, the logged-in user. I've tried a bunch of things but nothing I think should work does. ...
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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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10.7 Launchd + rvm

This question fits somewhere between server fault, stackoverflow and askdifferent. I am installing some web apps on my Lion server using webappctl, which hooks into apaches vhost configs to setup up ...
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Lingon open source version for editing launchd on Leopard (10.5)?

I'm looking for a free GUI app to help run programs on a schedule. It seems that launchd is the underlying tool to use, and in the past Lingon has been recommended as a good GUI interface to launchd. ...
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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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softwareupdated using 350MB+ of memory, is this a problem? How can I get it to use less?

I'm running Yosemite with the latest updates. softwareupdated is using approximately 380MB of memory. That seems quite high to me. Is that normal? Is that indicative of a problem? Does ...
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Disable citrix receiver startup on login

I have installed citrix receiver on my home macbook. It auto starts on login yet it does not show an entry in the Login Items tab under the Users and Groups pane of System Preferences. How can I ...