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How do I use non-“legacy” launchctl commands to load and unload plists?

I have some plist files in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. I have been happily using launchctl load -w and launchctl unload -w to turn these on and off for years. However, I notice that now load and unload ...
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Loading User LaunchAgent Successfully

I have created a Plist file to replace an Xinetd process that I used successfully in Windows (Cygwin) and Linux to stream an imapd connection from a remote server via ssh on a port on the localhost. ...
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customize system launchagent arguments in el capitan

Is there any way to work around the inability to customize launchagent plists in El Capitan without completely disabling system integrity protection? Specifically, I was sad to find that my ...
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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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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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How daylight saving changes are handled in launchd to make sure it execute the the jobs as scheduled through plist?

Since August 2013, I am using Mac Mini with OS X version 10.8.2 as my web server (MAMP stack). I have a few launchd scheduled jobs scheduled through plist. Everything was working fine until Nov 3, ...
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How can I delay loading of a launchd Launch Daemon on boot?

I am running OS X Server 10.7.5 on a Mac Mini and I cannot get MacPorts’ Apache2 to start on boot. I have ensured that the Apple-supplied version of Apache is not launching and I have also ensured ...
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Filter launchctl standard err/out to add timestamp to log messages

I have a Launch Daemon running, happily logging to a couple of files specified using the Standard(Error|Out)Path entries in the property list file. Now, the problem is that the particular program ...
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Launch agents not lauching at system startup

I have several plist files in the folder ~/Library/LaunchAgents. They all have the same permissions but two of them (dotjs and pow) are not launching at login, even if they have the key RunAtLoad set ...
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Why the service does not start after logging in

The service is jenkins installed with homebrew on Yosemite. I have this: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.jenkins.plist and this: % launchctl list | grep jenkins - 0 ...
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Error executing AppleScript through Launchd - “Service could not initialize”

I've written an AppleScript that turns our CenturyLink modem's wireless radio on or off. It works when I run it manually with osascript, but now I'm trying to get it set up on a schedule with Launchd. ...
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Launchctl List - Screen Sharing Process Running While Disabled?

Below is my list of active processes as produced by the launchctl list command in terminal. I'm not messing with those processes, but I am studying them to learn more about how OS X works. The ...
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OS 10.10.5 launchctl job is not receiving input from socket

I tried following this clever guide by Sean Coates for setting up a remote pbcopy, but I'm running into trouble. I think it's because of the recent changes to launchctl after OS 10.10.5. He has me ...
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Automator and Launchd: OSStatus error -10810

I have a number of automator script scheduled in launchd. All the scripts work fine and execute the workflow as expected. These are simple workflows that execute some finder actions and shell ...
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Kernel panic related to DirtyJetsamMemoryLimit?

I've been having random crashes (freezes or kernel panics requiring hard reboots) but I can't seem to pin down the cause. Looking in Console.app on restart, the only common factor seems to be related ...
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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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launchd using 100% CPU for 20 seconds once per minute

I'm trying to track down a problem with launchd on OS X 10.9.5. Once every minute, launchd spikes to 100% cpu for about 20 second or so, then goes back to minimal cpu usage. So thats ~20 seconds at ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“terminal-notifier.app is not open anymore”

From a .plist loaded to Launchd I run a bash script which displays a notification using terminal-notifier. The notification is displayed fine, but when clicked the message "terminal-notifier.app is ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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, ...
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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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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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Wi-Fi stops working when I launch OpenVPN server

I have an OpenVPN server running on my device. I downloaded OpenVPN from homebrew and it has a plist to load with launchctl. However, if I try launching the server with launchctl start ...
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Stealthy Mac, Disabling network services on OS X (Non-Server)

I have written a bash script to harden OS X Security and be as stealthy as possible. The script: Disable bonjour Start firewall and block all non-essentials incoming traffic Enable Stealth Mode to ...
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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/ ...