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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 can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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Mounting shares with Login Items at login, Finder windows popup

I have some shares that are mounted during login. I used Users & Groups' "Login Items" panel to do this. When I login, all of the shares pop up in their own Finder windows. How can I keep the ...
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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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Where does OS X store the profile photo it takes when you first create an account?

When you first create your OS X login account it takes a picture of you. Where does that picture get stored? I can't find it in ~/Pictures or ~/Library.
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“Open at login” settings are ignored

I work in a research group whose employees use Mac Minis currently running OS X 10.9.3. The other day one of our employees mentioned being unable to get Thunderbird to start at login or cause Mail to ...
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saving login information on iPhone

Is there a good app to store login information to various sites and services on my iPhone?
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How do I stop the Adobe Creative Cloud app from auto-launching on login?

How do I stop the Adobe Creative Cloud app from auto-launching on login? I don't see any option of stopping this, and for some reason it's not in OS X's user login options.
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How can I see which of my Login Items is slowing down my startup time?

Recently — perhaps when I upgraded to Lion, perhaps some other time — I've noticed that OS X is not ready to go after startup as fast as it used to be. I have a fast SSD as my only internal drive, ...
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How can I get my trackpad settings to work on the login screen?

I enabled the System Preferences > Trackpad > Tap to Click which causes it to work while I am logged in. However, in the login screen, it does not work. How can I get this setting enabled in the login ...
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How can I remove “zombie entries” from login items when the controls are dimmed?

How can I get rid of zombie entries in Login items? In this case BambooCore App doesn't respond to the - control even when I select it. Also the hide checkbox is disabled on this item, just like the ...
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Disabling startup items that run on their own

I've found a couple apps that seem to be able to launch themselves on startup, despite that they don't appear in the usual places... - Login Items (in the Users preference pane) - ...
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How can I have a fixed order of the menu-extras?

Like the OSX menu items for wifi, battery... I would like to be able to have a permanent order of the third-party menu bar items. I do not want to mix OSX with third-party menubar items, I simply ...
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What is the yellow warning sign in the “Login Items” Tab under the “Users & Group” System Preferences?

I was deleting Skype from my login items and noticed that iTunesHelper showed a warning under a unmarked column. What does it mean and how do I fix it?
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Why does it take so long to load the login items with “reopen when logging back in” enabled?

With OSX Lion 10.7 Apple has introduced resume: Restore the state of the computer when shut down. Reopen the used windows of applications. While both are quite useful, the option to "reopen ...
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Dropbox and login items list

I have Dropbox installed on my Mac with OS X Lion 10.8.2. I don't use it often, so I eliminated it from the login item list. However, every time I open Dropbox from the application folder, it ...
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How can I run a shell command at login time without showing a Dock entry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on? I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the ...
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Unable to remove login item from Users & Groups startup list

I have an item in my "Login Items" list (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items) that refuses to be removed. When highlighted, the minus button grays out. The "hide" toggle is ...
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execute login items one after another instead of all at once?

I have quite a lot of startup items, because when I open up my mac, I want everything to be ready to go. In my preferences, I've put them in the order I need them, so for example, the first thing I ...
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How do I change the order in which login items execute under OS X 10.8.2?

If I remember right, in earlier versions of OS X, it was possible to "drag-and-drop" to rearrange Login Items so that they start in a different order. Under OS X 10.8.2 this doesn't seem to work. ...
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iMac 27" intermittently fails to reach login screen after Mountain Lion Upgrade

I have recently upgraded to Mountain Lion from Snow leopard and now the system will not always go to the login screen. (iMac 27" circa 2010 standard as it came from Apple no upgrades) I have tried ...
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Hidden login script

I have a bash shell script that runs on login. Even though I selected the "hide" checkbox in system preferences, iTerm still shows while running it. How do I completely hide it?
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Running terminal commands on startup/login

How can I run terminal commands on startup or login? On FreeBSD I believe you can do this using rc.d - is there an equivalent for the Mac? I know how to set up Login Items, but these only work for GUI ...
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Safari starts automatically after login

Since a few days, after every boot Safari will automatically start. Today, the same thing happens with OmniOutliner Pro (MAS Version). I have the latest version of OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) These programs ...
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Can I mount an encrypted image BEFORE Finder loads?

I have most of my ~ folder on an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I have it set to automount via Prefs>Users, but it loads AFTER Finder, so my Desktop is blank unless I force-relaunch Finder. Is ...
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How to keep apps from adding themselves to login items?

Today, I noticed that there were several "login items" that I'm 99.99999% certain I did not add. I figure those items added themselves when I installed them (they were probably installations that ...
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Login items with niceness other than 0

I have quite a few login items on my Mac, mostly Apps that I want to have idling in the background (like Tweetbot or Reeder), but that I don't use immediately. I would like to give these Apps an ...
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How to uninstall completely “Blackberry Device Manager”?

I've uninstalled the blackberry software from my mac using the original uninstaller utility. This software did not work properly, so it left a login item called called "Blackberry Device Manager" ...
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How do I unhide and remove disk mounts from Login Items?

Some time back I added some network disk mounts as Login Items for my MacBook Air (Mountain Lion). When I'm away from my network, though, I'm constantly bothered by warning boxes saying "Can't ...
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Mac os X - locked outside my account (language!)

Today I was cleaning my MacBook keyboard (OSX 10.6.6) while the user was locked. Due to some random key-presses, the language of the login changed from English to Hebrew (I use both in MAC, but only ...
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Make a link to login items?

In the course of installing some app, I came across the following. Put a link to it in your Login items to have it start up automatically when you login. How can I do that? How to make a link to ...
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Programs keeps asking for iCloud password when I log in

Whenever I log in a window appears, looks like an Apple program from the icon style displayed in the window, and asks for my iCloud password. I don't remember installing the program, ever using it, ...
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Run script on networked user login

The computer lab is running 10.8. I would like to run a script when networked users login. As far as I can tell my choices are: launchd agents - Not meant for this. On the launchd.plist man page it ...
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How to stop an app from launching on Login?

I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login? The app ...
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Startup Items keep getting reset after a period of time?

On my MacBook running OS X Lion 10.7.4, after a few days the startup items automatically get removed. I find this really annoying, as then I have to add them all back again. What are the possible ...
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How to make a script which runs on login?

My ISP requires me to login to their server and keep the login page up so I can use the Internet, which makes me uncomfortable while I download some big files. After some research i found a script ...
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How to have certain *windows* start in different spaces during start up?

Is there a way to have certain windows of an app open in specific spaces? Whenever I start up my computer, all my log in items get mashed into one space. I'm using OSX 10.7.5 Lion Edit: I would ...
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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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Location of “start at login” items?

I have quite a few apps (Glui, Wunderlist, Cobook) that startup at login (which I do not want them to). I do not have them among the user's login items and when I created a new test user, these apps ...
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Automator apps as Login Items not working

I have two automator built applications which I want to run when a user logs in. I tried adding them to the Login Items of the user. But when I log that user in, both automator apps fail to run. If ...
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Automatically Connect to Multiple Servers on Login

Following the instruction from Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4011 I can't get this to work for my multiple server logins, because they all have the same name (my user name). When I try to add ...
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Troubleshooting Slugglish Post-desktop Startup

I have a mid-2010 MBP, with 8gb RAM and an aftermarket 7200RPM hard drive, running Snow Leopard 10.6. I have been using this SL install for about 10 months, and the desktop is barely usable for 3-5 ...
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Chrome Apps in Login Items fail to start

I have a Chrome App (packaged app, installed from Chrome App Store) that I want to start up upon login on my Mac (Mavericks). I add the item to login items under my User in the Accounts area of Sys. ...
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The .command file in my Login Items stops running after a while

I have a .command file that I have added to my Login Items (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items) on an iMac (OS X 10.8.5). The .command file is a script that should be running at all ...
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Launch upon login fails (glims agent)

Somehow, the Glims Agent doesn't launch anymore when I login with my regular user. I got the root process running, but not the one for my user. When I manually run the following line in terminal, ...
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Why does Steam start when I login in 10.8?

"Open at login" in the Dock is disabled, "Run Steam when my computer starts" in Steam options is disabled, and it isn't there in the User "Login Items" tab of the System Preferences. However it ...
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Run themed dock on login without affecting other users

I would like to know if there is a method for preventing the dock from starting on login, as I would like to run the stock dock with a different theme instead (but don't want it to affect other ...
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missing Login Items for managed account

MacBook Air running 10..8.1. I have a script that I'd like to add to the Login Items for a managed account. When logged in as the Administrator, the Login Items button is present. When I select the ...