I need dnsmasq to run at boot on Mavericks. I've got dnsmasq working fine. I've created a .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons with the following contents:

<?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">
<plist version="1.0">

This runs perfectly if I do:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/uk.org.thekelleys.dnsmasq.plist

However, it does not start at boot. Permissions are: -rw-r-xr-x What am I missing?

  • what permissions are set for uk.org.thekelleys.dnsmasq.plist?
    – l'L'l
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 18:28
  • Not sure if you are following this but it might help... apple.stackexchange.com/questions/13691/…
    – bmike
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 18:39
  • @I'L'I: Edited question to include permissions info.
    – Sheetzam
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 19:39
  • Permissions should be -rw-r--r-- (no execute) but I don't think the x will prevent it from starting. One thing I'd try is to remove the --keep-in-foreground option. On boot, any process that tries to access the window server won't run until someone logs in. Also, check /var/log/system.log and see if there are any messages. It might give some information about what's failing.
    – jstm88
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 22:34
  • Not an answer, but I'm sure LaunchControl will tell you why.
    – LCC
    Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 8:40

1 Answer 1


Thanks to LCC for pointing out LaunchControl. It indicated the ownership of /Library/LaunchDaemons was incorrect.

The solution to this problem was to be sure /Library/LaunchDaemons had ownership root:admin, and permissions for the directory were rwxr-xr-x

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