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Move similarly named images into a folder with the same name

I am trying to create an automator app which will take all the images which are similarly named and create a folder with that name and move the images then into that folder and then archive that ...
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Easiest way to gently kill an intermittently unresponsive application?

Sometimes, when I have many applications open doing many memory and IO-intensive things, my computer inevitably starts to thrash a bit. While waiting for things to settle down, I often decide to ...
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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Why the launchd has multiple instances per user (not only me and root, but also _spotlight and _windowserver)?

I found that the launchd process has multiple instances in the process list. What is looking interesting is that there are four users under which these launchd processes are running: root < ...
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How do I determine where a process is being started from, and disable it?

When I start OS X (Mavericks) and run ps aux | grep postgres from Terminal, I have a process that was automatically started: postgres 132 0.0 0.1 2526456 7936 ?? Ss 10:04PM ...
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Erroneous “Installation Alert” upon installing XCode 3.2.6

I am on a clean Mac OS X 10.6.8 machine (I erased the hard drive and reinstalled the OS yesterday). I do have to re-download a few apps, and XCode happened to be one of the first. I completed the ...
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CPU at 100%, but no processes showing significant usage

Situation: All 4 cores maxed out. Mac noticeably lagging. Attempted Solution: (Reveals wildly contradictory information.) Closed all applications Opened Activity Monitor Totaled all Process ID ...
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How to use an application name to kill it from a script

I'm trying to create a cron job to prevent children at a school from running the Minecraft server. (We actually need them to run the Minecraft client because we use it to teach programming.) The name ...
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VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports

As stated above VDCAssistant seems to be causing perpetual crash reports to the point that the ReportCrash system process will use 50-100% of cpu. Application Specific Information: Client is ...
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Which process is eating my connection?

I found something is eating 100KB of my rx Internet connection. Doing iftop I found that most data is coming from 69.31.72.192. Running this command line: lsof -P -i -n | cut -f 1 -d " " | uniq ...
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Kill GUI “zombie”

This is not actually zombie in UNIX terms, but I don't know name of this process. On my Mavericks 10.9.1 some GUI application has been badly crashed and I can't run it again except I should logout ...
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Blank process name in Activity Monitor on OS X Mavericks

In my activity monitor I have noticed that there is a process appearing that has no name. It is owned by root. How can I find out what this process is?
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How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ ...
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Why doesnt /proc exist in MacOS?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in MacOS. I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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How to prevent processes from ever hijacking focus from user selected foreground app?

I am looking for a way to prevent any process from ever hijacking focus from the foreground app I have selected and am working in. To somewhat clarify, I go to the Terminal and launch a process which ...
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How to prevent PressAndHold from loading?

I have already disabled PressAndHold through terminal, but I see that it still appears as a process on Activity Monitor. It is taking 2.9 MB for me, but I want it to stop and not to begin at all. When ...
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How do I start taskgated again?

I killed taskgated from the Activity Monitor and since then it is not been running. How do I start the process taskgated again?
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Any app or script to track per process usage?

I am running a process and I want to track it's CPU usage and in the end I would like to have a graph of time vs CPU usage. Any app or script for that? I googled and I couldn't find any. And activity ...
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How can I disable MySQL from starting at boot?

I have a mid 2013 MBA running OSX 10.9. The process that starts on every start up is mysqld. I believe it was from an old version of MySQL I had installed (via AMPPS). I then installed MAMP Pro and I ...
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In Activity Monitor, is the percentage out of each core or out of each virtual core?

I have my new MacBook Pro with 2 cores. However, the Activity Monitor shows me 4 “virtual” cores. (I don’t really know what a “virtual core” is.) If the processor is running at maximum, what ...
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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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mdworker process always at 100%, even when not indexing

I'm trying to understand why mdworker is always at 100% even when (apparently) not indexing. If I open Spotlight, there's no message telling me that a drive is being indexed. If I run fs_usage -w -f ...
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How to isolate an application from the system (fully sandboxed application)?

Is it possible to do something like the concept of sandboxing (like all apps on iOS have its own system software resources) for all existing applications (so - not while designing an own new ...
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Is it possible to use Apple Push Notification Service only for local network?

I have an apsd process which stands for Apple Push Notification service daemon man_page_on_developers.apple.com (it has a name applepushserviced on osx 10.7 and lower). Is it possible to restrict it ...
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What do the appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper processes do?

I found in activity monitor appleprofilepolicyd and wdhelper but after googling a while didn't found any interesting information: wdhelper - could be a webdrive or webdav - found only wdhelper.dll ...
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What do appleeventsd and AppleIDAuthAgent do?

I looked in the activity monitor to clarify what are those processes and started with alphabetic order. I know different resources where many processes are described. But appleeventsd and ...
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Why does AddressBookSourceSync request connections to myriad different servers?

I've recently installed a new version of Little Snitch, and it informs me that the process AddressBookSourceSync wants to contact a server. I understand the process is for syncing Contacts. What I ...
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Run a program without networking?

Is there a way to run a program on OS X (e.g., from the command line) but without letting it see the network? I can turn off and disconnect all networking, but then all my other processes will be ...
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Activity Monitor showing a process that takes 600% CPU? [duplicate]

See Handbrake CPU usage... What's wrong with my activity monitor?
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How to block internet traffic of an application?

Little Snitch can block internet traffic of a particular app. Can I do something similar without (paying) Little Snitch?
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Why are Photo Stream process running, but photos only loads when iPhoto is opened?

I have a process called Photo Stream running, but I have been discovering that my photos in my photo stream only loads when iPhoto is opened. Why?
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Kill processes automatically that get over x % CPU

I have a (rather annoying) process on my iMac that tends to get out of control. Unfortunately, it's not possible to get rid of it. Much as I want to. This process is fine at first - using 1-2 % of ...
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What are only necessary processes (minimal set) for OS X work?

What are only necessary processes (minimal set) for OS X work? What are the differences in the sets for different versions (Lion minimal set, Mountain Lion minimal set)? What are the processes that ...
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What kind of “messages” does Activity Monitor track with the “Messages Sent” and “Messages Received” columns?

In Activity Monitor on OS X, it is possible to add additional columns to the process list view. Two columns available in that list are "Messages Sent" and "Messages Received", which show up as "Sent ...
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ps on remote Mac doesn't work

I have a Mac Mini (latest model I believe) running OS X 10.7 at a remote location that I can only access via SSH. The problem is that the ps command* does not work. When I run it in any form, from ...
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What process is in charge of the background image on Mac OS?

I have a problem that occurs seemingly randomly on my Macbook Pro, 13" 2010, running 10.7. The background on the secondary screen (which is actually the laptop screen itself, the primary screen is a ...
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Time machine backup is very slow (new TM drive and large amount of data)

I have data (mostly photos) on an external WD 2Tb drive (about 930gb) I have just installed a 3Tb Lacie drive and want to use it as the TM drive to back up the external WD drive and the Mac HD (very ...
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What is installd, and why is it eating my CPU?

My Macbook is frying my lap, and the CPU monitor is going crazy: over 200% CPU being used by something called "installd". What is it? Can I kill it? (OS X 10.8.)
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Process list with name and VPRVT

Is there any way to get just name and VPRVT of running processes? Thanks
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Is there a way to switch to the selected process in activity monitor?

I'm wondering if there's a way to bring focus to a process that's in "activity monitor". Specifically, I've got a bunch of Google Chrome processes and I'm trying to figure out which process ...
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Utility to warn when process takes 100% CPU for x minutes?

I run on battery a lot and occasionally a process/app will crash in the background and start sucking up 100% of one or more cores. That in turn burns my battery down way faster than normal. I used ...
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named (bind DNS) not quitting

I am trying to quit named, but it keeps popping up. I tried removing the configuration an key files, unloading it from launchd, you name it. Yet it keeps starting. How do I kill it permanently?
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Multiuser - can process of background user kept running?

On my Mac I use three user accounts. From what I understand when I'm logged in as one the processes of the other accounts are suspended. I switch between them with fast user switching. My question is ...
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How do I monitor the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants?

From the command line, how would I get the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants (not just 1st-level children)? This is useful when you want to monitor the ...
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applepushserviced and ocspd takes a lot of memory, is killing them safe?

I'm in my office and the the network access is limited, would this causing this two process taking too much memory? I use my Mac mainly for developing, would it be safe to kill this two process?
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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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How can I remove remnant processes from deleted preference panes?

I discovered in Activity Monitor that I have several leftover processes running in the background that shouldn't be there anymore. I deleted these preference panes long ago with an application that ...
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Where did the /proc directory go in Mountain Lion?

I used to find the location of cached flash videos by lsof | grep Flash, the result is something like this Google 38571 lamnk 74u REG 1,2 156826302 37061768 /Users/lamnk/Library/Application ...
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How can I unbind a UDP port that has no entry in lsof?

On my Mac, I'm having trouble with a UDP port (500) that is "already in use", but it doesn't have an associated process anymore. sudo netstat -na | grep "udp4.*\.500\>" shows udp4 0 ...
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Why does SystemUIServer cause high CPU usage?

The SystemUIServer process is taking 30% of my CPU. Searching around reveals a Snow Leopard daylight savings bug which is solved by removing the clock from the menubar. I am on Lion and I have tried ...