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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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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 ...
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speed up launchctl execution

I've set up a bunch of scripts that need to happen when I connect my thunderbolt dock at home (disable wifi, enable bluetooth, ...). To detect the thunderbolt dock I make use of the following ...
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What is the location of this Application's file?

This application shows in Finder at path (with target): Macintosh HD/Applications/Trans_Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/applet and I have not been able to successfully start it with launchd, using ...
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Running script through launchd with no annoying prompts

I have an applescript that checks my macbook battery and forces hibernation when it reaches a certain level, after displaying a 60 sec countdown. I've successfully set it up to run in the background ...
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How daylight saving changes are handled in launchd to make sure it execute the the jobs as scheduled through plist?

Since August 2013, I am using Mac Mini with OS X version 10.8.2 as my web server (MAMP stack). I have a few launchd scheduled jobs scheduled through plist. Everything was working fine until Nov 3, ...
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launchd keeps restarting my binary in /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools

I am looking to install a privileged helper tool using SMJobBless. My plist only contains the MachServices key and RunAtLoad key. The RunAtLoad is set to true as I want to be launched automatically ...
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How can I shut down an unlisted php-fpm?

I have two installations of php on my machine. One came with apache and is a 5.3 version, and I'm trying to use a 5.4 version with nginx. I'd like to work on project using nginx, but I can't figure ...
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Plist in /System/Library/LaunchAgents not loading on reboot [closed]

I have created the plist and placed it in /System/Library/LaunchAgents/. However, when I reboot my Mac it does not load like it is expected to. I am able to load it from the Terminal with launchctl ...
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Running Growl without a user logged into a graphical session?

I currently have an OS X server (running 10.8.2) that has irssi installed, and is set up to send Growl notifications to my laptop when I am mentioned or have received a private message on IRC. ...
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How to stop an app from launching on Login?

I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login? The app ...
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How can I delay loading of a launchd Launch Daemon on boot?

I am running OS X Server 10.7.5 on a Mac Mini and I cannot get MacPorts’ Apache2 to start on boot. I have ensured that the Apple-supplied version of Apache is not launching and I have also ensured ...
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Editing System/Library files with Property List Editor (PLE)

I want to update the schedule in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist. I have unlocked the file in Finder but the Property List Editor is giving me: The file ...
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Filter launchctl standard err/out to add timestamp to log messages

I have a Launch Daemon running, happily logging to a couple of files specified using the Standard(Error|Out)Path entries in the property list file. Now, the problem is that the particular program ...
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Launch agents not lauching at system startup

I have several plist files in the folder ~/Library/LaunchAgents. They all have the same permissions but two of them (dotjs and pow) are not launching at login, even if they have the key RunAtLoad set ...
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Disable Screen sharing via the command line in mountain lion

I want to be able to enable and disable screen sharing from the command line rather than through System Preferences. This is on 10.8.3 To enable screen sharing, I find I only need to change a ...
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What's the difference between launchd and folder actions?

Could someone please briefly explain to me the difference between launchd and folder actions? Do folder actions use launchd? Is one more efficient than the other? Is one more powerful than the ...
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Shell or Applescript to delay shutdown?

We have a workstation that gets used sporadically, and I'm trying to setup a script that backs it up during shutdown. I created a LogoutHook in com.apple.loginwindow to a 1-line bash script, that ...
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What is the difference between a `service-name` and a `service-target`?

Consider the following commands # launchctl stop Usage: launchctl stop <service-name> # launchctl stop com.apple.SomeService # launchctl disable com.apple.SomeService Usage: launchctl disable ...
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How can I remove remnant processes from deleted preference panes?

I discovered in Activity Monitor that I have several leftover processes running in the background that shouldn't be there anymore. I deleted these preference panes long ago with an application that ...
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prevent launchctl from starting a anonymous process

I have installed dnsmasq and now I want to be able to start it with launchctl. The problem is that every time I start the app launchctl starts an anonyous process instead of using the specified label. ...
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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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Need to know what's the contents of /var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd/overrides.plist from Mac OS X Mountain Lion?

I accidentally issued the following command: # launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ I wish to see outputs of mac os x mountain lion launchd% list command. See below on pastie the current ...
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Login items with niceness other than 0

I have quite a few login items on my Mac, mostly Apps that I want to have idling in the background (like Tweetbot or Reeder), but that I don't use immediately. I would like to give these Apps an ...
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Defining environment variables with launchd/launchctl

There are different solutions regarding the definition of environment variables that are stored in the launchd process, namely over at StackOverflow and Superuser. How do these solutions differ?
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Automatically Load LaunchDaemon?

I wrote a little script to automatically update my Network Location based on a couple of conditions, and have coupled that with a launchd plist to have it run every couple of minutes. However, I've ...
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Setting environment variable for sudo in Yosemite

I followed this similar question to set my environment variables in Yosemite: ...
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Is it possible to load non-default launchd plist files from the /etc configuration file?

I created the /etc/launchd.conf file but at start the content is never read. The content of launchd.conf is: load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/KillVuze.plist (I run on OSX 10.7.2 ) If I load the ...
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How to make a LaunchAgent with StartCalendarInterval

I want to start replacing crontabs with LaunchAgents. My first attempt is not working. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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To to disable a service form OS X by using recovery console?

I cannot boot my system anymore and I want to disable a service from loading and the only way to do this by using the terminal window from the recovery mode. launchctl is not available in the ...
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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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Why the launchd has multiple instances per user (not only me and root, but also _spotlight and _windowserver)?

I found that the launchd process has multiple instances in the process list. What is looking interesting is that there are four users under which these launchd processes are running: root < ...
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How to uninstall software that is running when the mac logs in

I get this every time I log in Which is an application that I downloaded a while back. But I can't locate it in my applications folder and I also cant see it in this: How should I go about ...
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Launchd won't load plists at boot

I have a set of scripts that need to run on system boot and stay alive. I have the plist saved as /Library/LaunchAgents/net.vps.tunnel.plist and it has the proper permissions: -rw-r--r-- 1 root ...
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My Launch Daemon doesn't work despite returning a 0 status

For some reason, the launch daemon I created will not run successfully at system boot. I have tried it as a launch agent but that also doesn't work. This is my plist located in ...
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What do appleeventsd and AppleIDAuthAgent do?

I looked in the activity monitor to clarify what are those processes and started with alphabetic order. I know different resources where many processes are described. But appleeventsd and ...
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How to control apache service on OS X (start/stop/restart/graceful restart)?

I have Apache installed on OS X and I want to know what command I can use to: start apache stop apache restart apache gracefully restart apache Also I want to know if the commands were successful ...
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How can I break a persistent association between .xcodeproj files and Xcode 4.2 beta?

I've got Xcode 4.0.2 installed in /Developer, and the Xcode 4.2 beta in /XcodeBeta. My problem is that the .xcodeproj file type is now associated with Xcode 4.2 and I can't change it to Xcode 4.0.2. ...
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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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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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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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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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dnsextd messages in console

I'm running OS X 10.10.1 and keep getting thousands of lines like the following in the system console log. 12/16/14 2:57:02.937 PM dnsextd[9384]: ConnectToServer - 10 failed attempts. Aborting. ...
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What is the best practice for creating a daemon with launchd that runs at lower than default priority

I have a daemon I would like have to parallelize up to the number of cores on a user's machine, but I don't want it interfering with foreground tasks. Traditionally, in unix, I would just run this ...
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Launchd Multicast Socket Listener

I'm not sure if I've just missed some documentation or not, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to set up a launchd agent that can be triggered whenever a datagram is received within a ...
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How to automount SSHFS volumes with FUSE OS X on Mavericks

Iv'e managed to get my ssh volumes mounted with SSHFS via the command line but would really like is to have them auto mount on login. So far, I've set up a launchAgent to run a shell script that ...
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How to load a LaunchAgent always as root?

I'm using a LaunchAgent to always open a cocoa application (i.e. Xcode) at login. the custom application requires root permission but when it's loaded by launchctl is loaded without permissions. How ...
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launchd won't run a loaded script on reboot

so i'm having a few troubles with launchd I made this plist: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs$ ...