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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dependencies for LaunchAgent so it mounts a bundle before other daemons run

I have following setup: I have a sparsebundle on an external disk containing steam (it wouldn't install on my internal disk - something about the format). But by now I depend on this approach as this ...
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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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Prevent OS X from powering off, via CLI

I use maid to run a few maintenance scripts regularly, via launchd. The time I chose for those tasks to run makes it very likely that I won’t suddenly decide to turn off my computer around then, but ...
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Why does my LaunchAgent return ROOT as the user?

I have a plist in the /Library/LaunchAgent folder (this should run as "logged in user", if I understand correctly but it seems to be running as root). It launches a .sh bash script. <?xml ...
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Why won't my LaunchDaemon start?

I'm attempting to write my first LaunchDaemon: I think it's pretty simple and meets all the requirements, but it won't run. The file is at /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.noah.supertest.plist Ideally, it ...
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Logging for SSHD when started from Launchd with `-d` option?

I'm working on OS X 10.8.5, fully patched. I have an updated OpenSSH server installed in /usr/local/sbin listening on port 1522. Connection attempts result in ssh_exchange_identification: Connection ...
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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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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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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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Why do many processes use the letter “d” at the end of the process name? [closed]

Just recently started getting into OS X/iOS development and noticed several files have a "d" at the end. I.e launchd, accountsd, cloudd, assistantd, etc.. Not all have it just some. Just a quirky ...
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How to re-span a cron-like launchd script in case of script error?

I have a cron-like launchd script (StartCalendarInterval) that does a backup of some website data once per day: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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launchctl error “nothing found to load” when run via cron

On OS X 10.9, I'm running a script (e.g., ~/bin/run.sh) via my user crontab (added using crontab -e). This script, under some specific conditions (not related to this question), will run the following ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...