In OSX Yosmite, the pcsc service was replaced with Apple's own "Crypto Token Kit" for handling smart cards. We used to be able to restart pcscd like in this answer, but I have not been able to find a way using the new service.

Is there any way to restart the Crypto Token Kit without rebooting the machine?


Do you know what the process is for the Crypto Token Kit? Most likely, the answer would be similar to the one you linked, i.e. kill it and then restart it. The only thing is that any startup arguments may have changed.

I used to do something similar at times in that I would kill pscd to clear a situation, but I don't recall ever having to start it manually. I believe it either came back to life itself after a few moments or perhaps I triggered it by unplugging the smart card reader and then plugging it back in.

I would suggest trying to kill the process first and give it a minute or re-plug the reader. If that doesn't work, let us know?

  • Well, to finally get back to you, I was never able to find the right process. Things seem to have changed pretty dramatically since the days when we could just kill PCSC... – Questionmark Mar 5 '18 at 21:50

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