i am attempting to maintain a closer eye on my Apple-Mac's outgoing and incoming connections; in collaboration with other processes such as
netstat, i have been using the command:
lsof -i, which allegedly displays all processes using the internet.
The output of this command is fairly simple, however does return some confusing results, including multiple instances of the process
com.apple which has little to no explanation online. Whilst listing Spotify and its various related processes such as
SpotifyWE, the command declines to list other applications which i happen to know are using the network, such as Safari and Mail.
To simplify things, my questions are:
- What is the purpose of the process
- Why are there multiple listings of the same process?
- Why are some processes/applications which are definitely using the internet omitted from the command (
lsof -i)`s result.