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Max file limit conundrum

Following this article I've adjusted my open file limits: $ launchctl limit maxfiles 65536 65536 The trouble with this is that when I try to open Adobe applications I get ...
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Replaceing Folder Action Dispatcher with LaunchAgent on Yosemite

The fact that Yosemite's Folder Action Dispatcher (the thing that watches folders for changes and then performs some action) is broken (High CPU/mem) is well documented. However, what to do about it ...
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com.dashlane.DashlaneAgent still trying to be loaded

I have removed Dashlane using the documented procedure, yet launchd is still trying to load com.dashlane.DashlaneAgent. I have tried issuing sudo launchctl remove com.dashlane.DashlaneAgent with no ...
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launchctl load daemon by multiple users?

In OS X 10.10.5, an admin user A launches a daemon: sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.user.script.plist An admin user B also wants to load this daemon. But it is not found by "sudo ...
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ASL_DISABLE=1 in syslogd.plist

While re-enabling UDP syslog messages after the latest update on my OS X server I noticed this environment variable is being set. Does anyone have any ideas about what it means exactly, besides what ...
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Unable to set $PATH with EnvironmentVariables in launchd service

I want to set $PATH for a launchd service with EnvironmentVariables key. But it does work, the $PATH is unchanged whatever I set. However, I can set other environment var successfully with ...
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launchctl does not set environment variables correctly

I am trying to use launchctl to set the environment variables for Eclipse. What I want to do is pass my PATH to eclipse. I have tried to setup launchctl to do this. Here is the the output of launchctl:...
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How to see all services available for launching with launchctl?

I tried this on Yosemite: launchctl list but it doesn't show e.g. postfix which I have just launched with: launchctl kickstart system/org.postfix.master Is there any way of listing all the ...
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OS X El Capitan & Android Studio 1.4

Has anyone else noticed the following with Android Studio 1.4 running on OS X El Capitan? I can't remember the exact point when I lost the ability to build an Android app from the IDE due to the fact ...
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Check to see if program is running. If not, wait half hour and then start it again with parameters

I am asking specifically about selfControl. I am trying to ween myself off of a couple of websites, but would like to access them intermittently, but throw myself off again (I am weak man.) I know ...
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How can I have a LaunchDaemon script use the current logged in users Kerberos ticket

I have a LaunchDaemon that runs as root for security purposes but the script needs to authenticate w/ a URL as the currently logged in user. LaunchDaemons run in their own context so doing a kinit won'...
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How can I stop callservicesd errors I find in Console?

I posted this to some other forum and found no luck. I'm learning Terminal, coding, and scripting. Every so often I check my Console just to see what's up. (Often I don't understand it all, but it's ...
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nrpe (icinga) client service doesn't load/run

I just wrote following .plist file, which I put into /System/Library/LaunchDaemons, unluckily loading/running doesn't seem to work, and I have no idea what's wrong: <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//...
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LaunchEvent for Screen Unlock

I'm looking to run a script whenever a user unlocks the deskop -- think resuming after screensaver or after locking with ctrl+shift+eject, not user login . My instinct is that there's a LaunchEvent I ...
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Launchd Applescript Timeout Error

On Yosemite 10.10.5, I have an Apples Script application that runs and completes as desired under 2 of 3 conditions. The application is set to launch, by launchd plist 3 times per day at 7:05am, 3:...
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Path not allowed in target domain, and ASL module X claims selected messages

I'm troubleshooting a fairly new MacBook Air that periodically refuses to let the user log into it (spinning beach ball at the login screen, sometimes restarted lets her log in, usually works fine if ...
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Does man launchd.plist OnDemand and KeepAlive give incorrect infos?

as I understood from the following Apple's guide Creating Launch Daemons and Agents, OS X's daemons managed by launchd are by default launched on-demand, therefore when there is an incoming request to ...
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OpenVPN causes loss of WAN connection after returning from sleep

I'm trying to use OpenVPN to have a constant VPN connection on my 10.10.4 install. Currently I've setup OpenVPN via homebrew and as stated put an openvpn.conf in /etc/openvpn as the default profile ...
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Running Postgres as Launch Daemon

I am working on setting up a psql server and would therefore like postgres to run whenever the computer is on, regardless of whether I'm logged it. (The machine is running OS X Yosemite.) I set up a ...
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launchagent logs warning/error into console

I have a launch agent that I created several years ago to set a random signature both in a .signature and in Mail.app. It does nothing complicated and has hummed along through several OS X versions. ...
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rsync error: connection unexpectedly closed

I'm trying to backup some folders on an ubuntu server to an external G-Drive, connected through thunderbolt to my iMac, in this manner: $ time nohup sh -c 'rsync -avz myuser@myserver:/home/user/ /...
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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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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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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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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 environment....
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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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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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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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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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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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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 /Library/LaunchAgents/Test....
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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 # Hjälpskript ...
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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 com.stefan.ntp....
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on-demand launch agent restarting automatically

As title says I have created a on-demand launch agent that listens to socket and is launched on incoming connection. It works well and after it has done it's job I want to quit it. After quitting ...
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Setting .plist path to user Library

I have created a OS X launch agent that is installed per user. It is listening socket and automatically launched when socket connection arrives. On my .plist I have <key>ProgramArguments<...
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How to copy file content automatically to another file when saved? [closed]

I’d like to automatically copy the contents of a file file.a to file.a.b whenever file.a is saved by any program. The following is what I tried so far with a LaunchAgent, but it doesn’t work yet. 1. ...
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Launch Daemon .plist missing. How to get it back?

My system is working fine (iMac running Mountain Lion), except that when I try to import video to iMovie using the built-in iSight camera I see a message "no camera connected". iSight works fine in ...
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Is there a simple way for daemons and agents to communicate?

I've got a daemon that periodically checks for, and if applicable updates, some software (macports) and I'd like the user to get a GUI indication, using terminal-notifier, when that occurs. Since ...
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Launchd starting a new process

I currently have a process that is running some shell scripts that then a call to an API. When it makes the calls, there might be like 10-15 seconds when the script is waiting for the external API to ...
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TeamSpeak 3 server and launchd

So I followed the instructions on TeamSpeak forum itself. Everybody there seem to put this to work, and I'm the only one who gets simply no result at all. Since people in TeamSpeak forum are more ...
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Launch program after inactivity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I automatically launch an application whenever the Mac goes idle? I'd like to launch an AppleScript/ App after 30 minutes of system inactivity. e.g. no cursor ...
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How do I remove the updatetoolnotifier from launchctl?

Over a year ago I was working with the Glassfish app server. It apparently installed an "update notifier" that occasionally checks for updates and presents a dialog like this: Since I'm no longer ...