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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Mail does not work in scripts launched with launchd

I'm using this setup to be able to send mail from Terminal: http://www.anujgakhar.com/2011/12/09/using-macosx-lion-command-line-mail-with-gmail-as-smtp/ It works great, and I can use it in scripts. ...
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launchd initiated process receiving signal 15 (TERM)

I've installed TotalFinder (a plugin, of sorts, for Finder) and it's randomly being killed off several times a day. I contacted the developer and he didn't have any ideas, but did say a quick google ...
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How force launchd not to look into subfolders with QueueDirectories parameter in launchd.plist

I'm processing images put into specific folder. For that I run script with launchd.plist put into ~/Library/LaunchAgents Everything work smoothly. But I want put resulting files into subfolder of ...
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What is causing an error with getpwuid in Console, and how can I fix it?

I have opened the Console application to find the last error messages raised from the Apache server, and I found this entries, in the "All Messages" section (the default one selected when the Console ...
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Addressing Console.app messages on badly installed and removed software

Ever since I upgraded to 10.7, my computer has been acting funny, I lost my PostgreSQL installation so tried to install it again using the postgres 9.1 dmg from the postgres website. The installation ...
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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 ...