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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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How to create automatic launchd job that sets the Ruby version to use

I'd like to run a ruby script automatically once or twice a day on my MacBook running OS X Yosemite. Problem is that I currently have three versions of Ruby on my system including 1.8.7 and 2.2.1, ...
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Looking for org.macports.smartd.plist from macport's smartmontools

I compiled smartmontools myself, and it is working flawlessly. What I miss is a LaunchDaemon script to run smartd in the background. When you install smartmontools via. macports, you will get a ...
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Settings for CalendarAgent, Mingler and iCalExternalSync services

I have the dreaded issue with recurring sync service processes wreaking havoc on my MacBook Pro with O S X 10.9 Mavericks and stealing my CPU cycles for no apparent good reason. Usually with a 3 month ...
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New stats file created every 20 seconds in /var/log/com.apple.launchd.peruser.94?

My machine consumes all CPU for one or two hours processing some systemstats. So far I work around that by regularly cleaning the huge amount of data in /private/var/db/systemstats/ Now I noticed, ...
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Cannot get launchd to recognize custom plist automatically

I have a launchd plist file which I would like to run which launches a shell script. I can manually load the process into launchd, but upon reboot, I cannot get it to stay loaded. Here's the plist: ...
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launchd fails loading storagekitd

I do observe the following com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.storagekitd) Service only ran for 2 seconds. Pushing respawn out by 8 seconds. What is storagekitd? How can I find out who's trying ...
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Yosemite com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.cloudpaird) is running every 10 seconds

I am getting this message that repeats every 10 seconds on my Mac in Console: "com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.cloudpaird) Service only ran for 0 seconds. Pushing respawn out by 10 seconds." I ...
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Creating LaunchAgents to Customize Screensaver and Background

I'm building a series of images that will be deployed on a multitude of different Macs from 2007-2015 (and onward). The user accounts will the local-forced Active Directory accounts, so I'm making ...
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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 ...
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System accounting broken after MacOS X upgrade: why? fix?

After MacOS X upgrades (Mavericks, Yosemite) I noticed the system accounting was broken. What is this? The system accounting is a kernel function which record any command run on the system. It is a ...
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Setup launchd task to run when USB device is connected

I'm hoping to setup a script to run automatically when a USB device is connected, however I'm not certain how to trigger it. Unfortunately the USB device isn't a volume, so I can't use the onmount ...
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mpd stuttering when run under launchd

Background As a terminal junkie, I've started messing around with a combination of mpd (Music Player Daemon) and a player, ncmpcpp (NCurses Media Player Client C++). I installed these via Homebrew - ...
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Is it possible to change the SSH_AUTH_SOCK path?

I would like to have the ssh-agent socket inside my home directory, but currently it is created inside /private/tmp. I see that the agent is managed though launchctl and this plist: ...
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caffeinate with launchd Doesn't Work when I Close My Laptop's Lid

I have a launchd task that periodically initiates a time machine network backup. I've had problems with corrupted sparse bundle disk images, which I've assumed is due to the either the computer ...
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Turning Off Wi-Fi During Logout Script Doesn't Work With Launchd

I'm writing a launchd plist and a shell script on my MacBook running Yosemite to automate the following scenario: Turning off Wi-Fi when the user logs out. Here's my script: #!/bin/sh onLogout() { ...
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Postfix mail not working from launchctl script

I have setup postfix on my Mac so I can send emails from scripts, such as echo "tests worked" | mail -s "Tests" me@mymail.org Running this from the command line works as expected. Also if I run a ...
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Spotlight fails to load after Time Machine restore - crashes continuously

Problem description: After having made the mistake of running a Unix command that altered more files than I intended and possibly damaged the file system, I decided to restore to a previous state with ...
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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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How can I write a launchd service that will actually stop the service?

So I have a plist to keep monit running: <?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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Mac OS X launchd: forbid starting a process in Power Nap (dark wake)?

What would be the best way to forbid Mac OS 10.10+ Launchd to start a Bash script when a MacBook is in Power Nap (dark wake)? Is there an elegant way to limit it only to "real wake", like: ...
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Using SSHFS with launchd

I have a Raspberry Pi I want to automount on my Desktop (Yosemite 10.10.1). I've installed OSXFuse (with the MacFuse option) and SSHFS both from https://osxfuse.github.io/. I'm using the password ...
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mount encrypted sparseimage as home directory before login

There are several ways (loginhook, launchdaemon etc.) to automount a sparsebundle before logging in, but there's none without writing down the password in plaintext for automount an encrypted ...
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Yosemite: launchd scheduled jobs do not run

Since upgrading to Yosemite, all my launchd scheduled jobs do not run on their specific time set. The system log does not have any launchd related logs that can hint what the problem is. A sample ...
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Print from launchd task

I have a script that needs to be running in the background periodically (I've put it there with Lingon X). That script (PHP based) is 1. polling a server, 2. retrieving a PDF file from the server 3. ...
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How to associate a route with an interface?

I have a Mac with two network interfaces, connected to different networks. For the sake of argument, let's say one is connected to a private network and the other to the Internet. I understand that ...
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Setting environment variables for scripts run by launchd?

I have a script that worked in the past, but seems to be having issues now (I believe it's due to Yosemite). What I had done was created an environment variable that was set to "false" and then my ...
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Launchd unloading LaunchDaemon

I have a script scheduled to run as LaunchDaemon. Script runs fine when launched manually through terminal. I have two commands sudo launchctl unload -F /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.test.plist sudo ...
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Why won't my drush script run as a Launch Daemon?

On the command line I successfully run this: /usr/bin/php /usr/local/opt/drush/libexec/drush.php '@hostmaster' hosting-dispatch or even: drush '@hostmaster' hosting-dispatch and ...
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Bash shell doesn't inherit $PATH set in /etc/launchd.conf

I am new mac OS X user and recently I am setting up my laptop as a work environment. That concerns environment variables setting in shell. After some search work I found several ways to set ...
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Mac ssh-agent not being started automatically by launchd

A few days ago on my Mac running Mavericks (MacOS X 10.9.4) I noticed that any operations using ssh started to ask me for my ssh passphrase. If you look at... ...
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start and stop OS X router daemon

I'd like to be able to stop and (re)start the OS X routing daemon and review the routed configuration file(s). I think this would involve using launchctl unload and load, but I don't know the name of ...
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Predicting what jobs launchd will run between some pair of dates/times

I have a number of launchd jobs that are triggered only by time (e.g., "run job X every Tuesday at 5 am"). Can I get launchd (or some other tool) to tell him which of them will run, between, says, ...
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Console invocation to launchd plist job

Is there any tool that can convert console invocation to launchd plist job? I have command to test like this: date >> /tmp/example_filet.txt or ruby script.rb -p -t -b n,g,b -o 'file to ...
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Customized default user profiles randomly not loading

I manage Macs in public computer labs and classrooms at a university. My general set up is as follows: Clients are running 10.8.5, OD Masters are running 10.7.5. Open Directory Master to manage ...
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Bootstrap context issues when logging in via ssh with private key

I use ssh to connect to my laptop remotely. Recently, I decided to improve security by using a private key to authenticate instead of a password. I am able to connect and login with my user account, ...
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I need a background process which redirects a link based on whether or not an external hard drive is connected

Basically I have two iTunes libraries. One is my complete iTunes library which I store on my external hard drive. The other is a smaller version that I keep locally. I want to have a symbolic link ...
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launchctl StandardInPath not being passed to file?

I've got a plist file that I've set up to pass a certain file as the standard input to a command it runs: <key>StandardInPath</key> <string>/Users/michael/somefile</string> ...
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Which user's privileges do I use to run MariaDB?

I installed mariadb from Homebrew. It'll be used for CMS access through PHP. I want the DB to start when the system starts up so I added the homebrew/ mariadb-supplied launchctl plist to ...
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Making items added to paths via paths.d show up everywhere under Mavericks

I'd like to set the path under OS X Mavericks so that the setting shows up everywhere (e.g., in .apps and in Darwin shells). There's plenty of discussion out there about how to set environment ...
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My Launch Agent not lauching at system load

i'm trying to make a simple Launch Agent that run a test app at system load. I followed the official documentation, but can not get it to work. my plist file is located at ...
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Mavericks makes files synced to SMB share hidden

I have a script running by a LaunchAgent to sync a directory with a remote share. This script is fairly simple, I'll include it here just so nobody suspects the script. #!/bin/bash # HjÀlpskript ...
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how can I receive external display connection notification in launchd?

How does one receive notification from notifyd (or equiv) when the display configuration changes? My goal is to fire off some daemons when connected to my thunderbolt display "dock". Any example ...
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Restart OS X if an application has crashed/is not responding/beachballed?

How can I automatically restart the machine if an application has crashed in any way? It might have cleanly exited, have a quit unexpectedly error, or be frozen with the spinning beachball. I don't ...
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What is com.apple.launchctl.Aqua?

While troubleshooting a slow boot time in Lion (10.7), I saw these lines in the sys log: 8/21/13 8:47:45.102 PM com.apple.launchctl.Aqua: load: option requires an argument -- D 8/21/13 8:47:45.102 PM ...
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What are launchd's LaunchAgents directories for?

I created some job plist files and put them in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Now I don't see the point of this special directory (see launchd manpage). When I want to load a job, I have to specify a whole ...
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AWStats & Launchd Permissions issue

I have an issue where I need to call a perl script with sudo. I have it parked in a bash script which I am calling with launchd every hour. It's a web stats interim database called AWStats. I want ...
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start ntpd with launchdaemon

I would like to start an ntpd on my MacOSX 10.8. ntpd is configured correctly and runs when started manually. I would like to start it on boot time with lauchdaemon. I created this ...