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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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LaunchDaemons Starting Before IP Addresses Have Been Assigned

I’m working on an annoying problem with my Mac mini (running OS X 10.9). I have postfix and pfctl scheduled to load as system daemons using launchd, and they do so successfully. However, they do so ...
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Is this launchd plist broken or is it just me?

I was reading a post about using Bittorrent Sync on OS X that includes a launchd plist that's supposed to keep the app running in the event that it crashes. It doesn't seem to work, though, since I've ...
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How do I disable a launchd service I no longer have the plist for?

I delete an app that had some service running through launchd. Now launchd complains all the time in the console for not being able to launch the service: 19/02/15 08:50:28,589 ...
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Launchctl does not load service on boot

I installed mysql via homebrew in osX 10.10. It comes with plist file located in /usr/local/opt/mysql/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist. The contents: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> ...
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launchd notification on abnormal exit

I have a launchd job plist that runs a simple shell script that invokes rdiff-backup to backup a remote directory over SSH to my computer. The job runs every hour and it works well. Except the other ...
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Application will not launch after crash or force quit

I have an App (Transmission) which won't launch after it hangs and I force quit. It won't launch from the Dock or applications folder. A reboot will resolve the problem but I have another long ...
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How to manually control processes launched on start?

Every time my Mac starts, about ~210 processes are launched, requiring about ~1000 OS Threads. With every Apple update this number increases. My laptop freezes for 1-3 min a couple of times per week ...
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Unable to Open /var/db/BootCaches/PreheatedUser/Merged.playlist

Running Mavericks and Disc Utility and fsck report no errors. Safe Boot reports Unable to open /var/db/BootCaches/PreheatedUser/Merged.playlist. Found a tutorial (or three) recommending to enter ...
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Restarting syslog causes it to no longer listen on domain socket

Standard syslog setup on Mavericks. 1. Before stopping and starting syslog: $ lsof | grep syslog launchd 1 root 6u unix 0xec11da089f2493d9 0t0 ...
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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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Launchd to terminate what it starts

I have a launchd plist that uses StartCalendarInterval to start my python script at the desired time and day of the week. Now I want to create a launchd plist that both starts and terminates a ...
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How launchd StartInterval behaves after long sleep?

I have a 21,600secs (4hours) job using launchd.plist. I have 2 mac, main and sub. With main mac, my plist works fine. But with sub mac, which is wakes up 3~4 times per week, my plist does not seems ...
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Run script (a la LaunchDaemon) before automatic app resume kicks in

I have an encrypted disk image that I use to store some sensitive data. It also includes a license key file for an application. Upon boot, I automatically mount this disk which restores the ...
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What is the RDUSB00E6Setupd process running by launchd

What is the RDUSB00E6Setupd process running by launchd in a Macbook Pro with Mavericks? I can't find any information about this and my computer is running quite slow, trying to figure out what is ...
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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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How do I determine where a process is being started from, and disable it?

When I start OS X (Mavericks) and run ps aux | grep postgres from Terminal, I have a process that was automatically started: postgres 132 0.0 0.1 2526456 7936 ?? Ss 10:04PM ...
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Adding comments to /etc/launchd.conf

Since I migrate to Maverick, I cannot add comments anymore to entries in /etc/launchd.conf, like: # setenv VAR VALUE Is there a new format for adding comments there ? When I restart launchctl ...
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Unable to start after having applied all known recovery steps

Traditional recovery steps After a forced startup due to a wifi connection issue, the startup stayed stuck with a grey screen, Apple logo and turning spinning indicator. Then I tried all the ...
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How do I get my LaunchAgent to run as root?

I’m using Mac 10.9.1. I’m trying to set up a process to run after login that runs as root. I created this file in /System/Library/LaunchAgents/eXist.plist with rx—r—r— permissions. The contents of ...
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Making file associations launch a certain extension, but with a console program?

It is possible using the right click menu on "Open With" to get the option to choose an application to open a certain file extension. You can then say "Always Open With This". That works if the ...
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Start a process at boot

I need dnsmasq to run at boot on Mavericks. I've got dnsmasq working fine. I've created a .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons with the following contents: <?xml version="1.0" ...
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Launchpad apps in folders limit - OS X

I was wondering if there is anyway to remove the Launchpad limit for apps in folders. I'm looking for having one folder for all apps under the same category but Launchpad is limiting me to only 28 ...
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What happens if a launchd process starts again before finishing

I'm looking to create a backup script that uses rsync to move pictures, but I'm curious what would happen if the rsync process takes longer than the time between launchd triggers? Will it recognize ...
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configure ssh launchctl

I would like to configure sshd. My ssh.plist <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN""http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> ...
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Launchd - Run as if you're logged in as a user using sudo

Is there a way to do this? Basically I'm trying to run a script that needs to launch a program. Putting the script in /Library/LaunchDaemons works fine, but everything gets run as if its the root ...
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Need Help with an Applescript / plist

This has been a learning experience for me. Everything checks out logically to me in this script/ plist but something isn't correct. Everything runs, but then the script runs every minute which is ...
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launchd crowds syslog with error-messages

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.3 and have some problem with repeated error-messages crowding the /var/log/system.log file. Apr 19 15:15:14 pc49 com.apple.launchd[1]: * process 1 exceeded ...
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Where's launchd.conf gone in Mountain Lion?

Or is this page outdated? As man launchd.conf still shows the man file as before.
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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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Guide on removing unused Agents and Daemons to speed up MacOS

Can you point me to a good guide on spotting and getting rid of running Agents, Daemons and Processes that aren't useful to me anyway and are taking up memory and CPU cycles?
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Problem configuring mongo db to start up using launch agent

After installing mongodb using homebrew, and following the information that homebrew provided, I did the following: launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/org.mongodb.mongod.plist But got the ...
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Automatically backup JailBreak iPhone DCIM photo directory

Hi I heard that you can write cron job into plist and put it to JB iPhone /Library/LaunchDaemons folder in plist format I would like to backup the photo folder every 300 seconds, so I put a ...
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Why won't kern.maxfiles setting in /etc/sysctl.conf stick?

I've been getting various "too many files open in system"-type errors on Yosemite (10.10.1). Searching around suggests setting kern.maxfiles and kern.maxfilesperprocess in /etc/sysctl.conf. I've ...
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Need help creating Global Daemon for EyeFi Server

I have been trying to come up with a headless solution for transferring images from an eyefi card to my mac. The software from the vendor is decent, but it will only transfer images if there is a ...
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What is com.DesignScience.DSMTTool

Among my list of scheduled tasks is something called "com.DesignScience.DSMTTool" located at /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.DesignScience.DSMTTool What is this? Do I need it?
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Lauchd - Run task multiple times between time interval

I want to run a script every 15 minutes between 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM. Is there a way to do that with launchd? I know you can specify and array of dictionaries using StartCalendarInterval to ...
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Is launchd still being actively developed?

Launchd is an interesting piece of software. It seems like it is working ok, but one would think the brand new way of replacing init would have a few more iterations. Is launchd still under active ...
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How do I launch an app at start up but as a specific user?

I want to launch an app at login but have it running as a specific user. Here's the use case: I turn on my Mac and login in as Ben. In the background iTunes is launched for Bill. Ben can launch his ...
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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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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 ...
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Course of action to clean up RAM on sluggish mac

Below is an EtreCheck report on my system. My problem is that I have <3 GB or 2.5 GB even after a reboot, with relatively few menu bar applications starting up. (This drops to 20-300 MB once Chrome ...
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How to restart a process without user interaction

I killed a process (a simple .jar running in the background as a global agent) by pkill -9 java. Since the global agent in launchd is configured as keepAlive the process gets restarted immediately. ...
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How do you start and stop the Spotlight server in Yosemite?

There are many forums answering this question for previous versions of MAC OSX, but 10.10 doesn't seem to have the service 'com.apple.metadata.mds.plist' in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons. It has 3 ...
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Run script as root whenever any user logs in

What's the best way to run a script with root privileges whenever any user logs in? It should run in the background without prompting the user for a password.
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Where does Applescript Event Log go when run under Launchd?

Or, how to log from an AppleScript (saved as application) and/or view the Event Log? None of the AppleScript's log statements can be found. I have tried adding the following to the launchd plist: ...
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Enable SMB sharing from command line

On OS X 10.8, using terminal commands, I'd like to enable SMB sharing as if I had ticked the following checkbox under System Preferences - Sharing - File Sharing - Options: I've tried the following ...
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How to add a timestamp in log files on launchd?

In launchd, you can change the path of the log files in .pist file using StandardOutPath and StandardErrorPath, but when I used it to output the log returned by the process, the resultant log files ...
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Dynamically setting HOME environment variable in a launchd script?

Continue from this topic, I ended up with: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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Is there a way to launch uTorrent and not display the GUI window?

Since uTorrent to my best of knowledge doesen't support a daemon/server mode, I would like to add it to launchd to start upon login (and restart after a potential crash), but without the app window ...