Weiiird problem.

Every 3-6 minutes something is triggering my computer's text-to-speech to say the word "nut." I have zero programs running in the background, I know it is internal because I can see the task operating when I used a sudo fs_usage (screenshot)

How can I find what's causing this sound? I previously fixed this problem by deleting all my system's voice files — but after an update to Mojave the sound files are back and so is the ghost sound.

I can provide any system reports/files you need but you'll likely have to walk me through the necessary commands, etc.

Side note: I'm the co-creator of The Nut Button, so more likely than not someone is messin' around and got this bug on my laptop.

you can see the Alex Compact voice triggering

  • here's a video of when it happens with activity terminal open and fs_usage running streamable.com/4ngey Oct 19 '18 at 3:25
  • Check all crontabs on the system and all the launchd scheduled jobs (for users and system). Likely the call to /usr/bin/say is coming from a scheduled job running on the system. See this for all the ways jobs can be scheduled on an OS X machine.
    – Ian C.
    Oct 19 '18 at 4:10

wow yup thank you @Ian C. there was a scheduled crontab. I used crontab -l to list all schedueled tasks and crontab -r to remove them

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