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More than 2500 systemwide processes on OSX 10.9

Attempts to raise the maximum number of systemwide processes above 2500 fail. $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2500 kern.maxproc: 2500 -> 2500 $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2501 kern.maxproc: 2500 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 something stronger than “Force Quit”?

I have an app that won't die: it's gone from the dock, but the window remains (with a beachball, if I mouse over it). It's using no CPU, but I want it to go away. Is there something stronger than ...
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What is the InterCheck process that occasionally uses 96% CPU on my Mac?

I heard my computer's fan spinning fast, so I checked Activity Monitor and saw that a process called InterCheck was using close to 96% CPU. What is this process and why's it using so much CPU? In the ...