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Shutdown from launchd script no longer works in Yosemite

I'm new to this forum; please excuse any faux pas. I've been using rsync fired by a LaunchDaemon written in tcsh for several years now. It worked great on my 2008 MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard. I now ...
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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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Run Script on Logout Without Use of Logout Hook

I've been looking into running a few cleanup commands when a user logs out, however the old logout hook feature, although still functioning, has been deprecated for some time now so may not be with us ...
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runaway distnoted process

Sometimes I see a distnoted process suddenly spin up and chew up 100% CPU (on one core) and a ton of memory, often in the neighborhood of 1.5G or so. This happens a few times a day, starting a month ...
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Set launchd log level

How can I set the log level of launchd in MacOS Yosemite? I've tried launchctl log level debug but it doesn't work.
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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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How can I write to Notification Center from a launchd command?

I've got a plist set to run at a set interval, and have put it in /Library/LaunchDaemons like so: /Library/LaunchDaemons $ ll macports_update_notifier.plist lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 55B 5 Sep ...
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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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How to automate DropBox startup without logging in

I'd like to have DropBox running under multiple user accounts on a Mac, even after a reboot. The Mac auto logs in as one user, not me. How to best achieve this?
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no such process error with launchctl start. Mac OSX 10.9

The goal is to set machine's network name with the ipaddress of this machine. I have created a plist file and put it into /Library/Launchagents/. For debugging reason I used the command "launctl ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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dnsextd messages in console

I'm running OS X 10.10.1 and keep getting thousands of lines like the following in the system console log. 12/16/14 2:57:02.937 PM dnsextd[9384]: ConnectToServer - 10 failed attempts. Aborting. ...
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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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What is the difference between a `service-name` and a `service-target`?

Consider the following commands # launchctl stop Usage: launchctl stop <service-name> # launchctl stop com.apple.SomeService # launchctl disable com.apple.SomeService Usage: launchctl disable ...
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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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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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What is causing launchd to burn my CPU?

I'm running Yosemite, a clean install. launchd continuously runs at 100% CPU. Since the Yosemite upgrade I can't change the log level with 'sudo launchctl log level debug' Checking top or Activity ...
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In OSX Yosemite, why can I set many environment variables for GUI apps, but cannot set the specific variable PATH

After I had sorted out OSX' PATH issues up to the Mavericks release, the problems come back in Yosemite!!! So I want to mimic the old launch.conf feature in the new Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite release, ...
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coreaudiod and launchd are taking up 80% and 40% processor respectively

I've just upgraded from mavericks to yosemite, the download was sluggish but eventually worked so I don't think any of the files were corrupted. There was no hitch with the installation as far as 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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Yosemite com.apple.xpc.launchd error every 10 seconds

Every 10 seconds i get this error in my console: 20/10/14 19:35:56,840 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.viber.osx[9850]) Could not find and/or execute program specified by service: 45: Operation not ...
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Why am I getting a “dubious ownership of file” error when Launch Agent runs my .plist file?

I have a Launch Agent configured to run a .plist file for example: /Library/LaunchAgent/foo.plist. Inside this .plist, it is set to run during LoginWindow and Aqua. When I attempt to launch my ...
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How do I associate a launchd 2 plist with its domain and service targets?

What exactly are these "domain" and "service targets" and how do I associate them with plists for use by launchd? OS X 10.10 introduces a new launchctl API for managing LaunchDaemons and launching ...
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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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Is /etc/resolv.conf changed every time my DHCP lease changes?

I'd like to fire an event via launchd whenever my DHCP lease changes the IP on my WiFi interface. My question is similar to what's being asked in this question, which makes me thing I can watch ...
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launchd StartCalendarInterval not working reliably

I have several tasks that I run from launchd using StartCalendar interval. Under Yosemite these do not necessarily run. (Under Mavericks and earlier they did run) How do I see what launchd is doing ...
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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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Why is my 'launchd' task not responding to changes in watched files?

I have a launchd task that is not triggering when a file changes, and can't figure out why it's failing. When I load the .plist below with launchctl load ...
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Launchd starts event 40 seconds later?

I've created a .plist file, which should act as system daemon (global with root user). This .plist file listens to the settings directory for changes like changing network settings. When this happens ...
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Can't connect to rpcbind on localhost

Since upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I can't connect to the rpcbind daemon anymore. launchctl tells me that rpcbind is loaded but not running: $ sudo launchctl list | grep rpcbind - 0 ...
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/etc/launchd.conf setenv value containing whitespace

In my /etc/launchd.conf file, I added these lines in an effort to figure out exactly how to create globally scoped environment variables whose values contain whitespace. setenv foo1 123456 setenv ...
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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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Stopping LaunchAgents and Daemons

I work as admin in a college environment. One of the challenges is to stop the services installed by students with CS major. Some time back they got the admin access and installed launch agents and ...
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Setting environment variable for sudo in Yosemite

I followed this similar question to set my environment variables in Yosemite: ...
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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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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 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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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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Start Apache httpd on boot

Since upgrading to Yosemite, Apache httpd is no longer started at boot time. I've tried: sudo launchctl load org.apache.httpd.plist but I'm getting a service is disabled error. I've modified the ...
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Run bash script at login stored in the home folder?

When I try to load a LaunchAgent plist from launchctl I can't find out how to run a script in the home directory. My code is: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC ...
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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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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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How do you set the maxopenfiles limit in Yosemite?

How do you set a soft limit for maxopenfiles in Yosemite? I installed Yosemite last night, and now it's ignoring my settings in my /etc/launchd.conf file: $ cat /etc/launchd.conf limit maxfiles ...
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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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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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Launchd Multicast Socket Listener

I'm not sure if I've just missed some documentation or not, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to set up a launchd agent that can be triggered whenever a datagram is received within a ...
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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... ...