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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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What is managing nfsd on OS X?

I have two questions regarding nfsd on OS X: What is managing the start/stop phase of this daemon? Launchd? It has an enable and disable mode, but I don't know what does this do. What is the default ...
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How to show all running launchctl daemons/agents?

When I run: sudo launchctl bslist ... it shows all the running /System daemons, but I have some running from /Library/LaunchDaemons and it is not showing those. How can I show them all?
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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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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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LaunchDaemons Starting Before IP Addresses Have Been Assigned

I’m working on an annoying problem with my Mac mini (running OS X 10.9). I have postfix and pfctl scheduled to load as system daemons using launchd, and they do so successfully. However, they do so ...
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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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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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Launchd to only run on schedule, not restart?

I have a script that I want to set for 3:30am daily and it does run at the set time but it also runs on every restart of the computer which I do not want. How do I make this work with just the ...
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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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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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Is this launchd plist broken or is it just me?

I was reading a post about using Bittorrent Sync on OS X that includes a launchd plist that's supposed to keep the app running in the event that it crashes. It doesn't seem to work, though, since I've ...
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softwareupdated using 350MB+ of memory, is this a problem? How can I get it to use less?

I'm running Yosemite with the latest updates. softwareupdated is using approximately 380MB of memory. That seems quite high to me. Is that normal? Is that indicative of a problem? Does ...
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Assistive Access when script is launched by agent

Problem Applescript run by osascript is not allowed Assistive Access when launched by agent (~/Library/LaunchAgents). Although it works when run from Applescript editor or commandline directly (using ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I disable a launchd service I no longer have the plist for?

I delete an app that had some service running through launchd. Now launchd complains all the time in the console for not being able to launch the service: 19/02/15 08:50:28,589 ...
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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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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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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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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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Run a shell script when switching to battery power

User Story: As a MacBookPro user I want to run a script that ejects my USB drive when I disconnect the power source so that I don't have to remember to eject it before grabbing my laptop and hurrying ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...