I am a musician running ProTools and Maschine on my MacBook Air. I recently used Terminal.app to delete some standard Apple apps and clear disk space.

The space was cleared but now Terminal keeps opening and interrupting me. I enter the logout command and it logs out successfully but keeps coming back. I have run Etrecheck and there was nothing insidious on the system.

Is anyone aware of how to address this issue?

Please note that I have not (and cannot!) update OS X because I've heard that it has operating problems with ProTools 12.

System specs:
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Macintosh HD
Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB
OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.5

  • Have you tried quitting Terminal.app by clicking Terminal.app in the Dock, and from the "Terminal" menu selecting "Quit"? ... If you have done so, please detail what exactly happens when it "interrupts" you - i.e. what is written in the window that pops up, and when does this happen?
    – jksoegaard
    Nov 13, 2016 at 14:47
  • Thanks for replying. Yes, I try to "Quit" but Terminal re-opens over and over. By interrupting I mean that the Macbook defaults to that window, so to speak, so if I am typing in the browser as I am now, the active window switches to terminal. Here is what the Terminal command line reads: Nov 13, 2016 at 17:26
  • Last login: Sat Nov 12 16:27:10 on ttys000 Joshuas-Air:~ joshua[my last name]$ Nov 13, 2016 at 17:26
  • So it opens by itself when you're working on the Mac? Not just when you boot the Mac? ... How often does it open?
    – jksoegaard
    Nov 13, 2016 at 18:01
  • Yes it opens while I'm working after I close it. It will not stay closed. Also, if it's open in the background, from time to time it becomes the active window. So, for example, if I am typing in this screen, I will be stopped momentarily and have to click back in to make it my active window. Thus, it's a really annoying interruption. I would really like to just close Terminal and be done with it! Thanks. Nov 13, 2016 at 18:32

2 Answers 2


I've been having this exact problem all day and think I just found the solution too it.

I too thought that the problem was being caused by Terminal but I think it's just Application Manager acting up. For whatever reason Application Manager kept opening along with Terminal, only with no indication that it was open. Try quitting Application Manager and see if that works.

I know most of the people have this same issue also have Pro Tools so it could just be something stupid Application Manager is doing. Hope it works for you or get you on the phone with ProTools support to help fix the cofiguration or bug in that app/suite that is opening the terminal app.


Well, I'm usually not the one to figure things out. LOL. But, I trashed Application Manager and the Terminal opening problem stopped. Not sure if that was a bad idea, but I'm backed up :-)

  • What exactly is Application Manager? It is definitely not one of the built-in macOS apps. In addition, the other answer written a few years ago to the question also says the problem was resolved by quitting Application Manager. Have you tried that instead of deleting it?
    – Alper
    Oct 16, 2022 at 18:55

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