launchd items in /Library/LaunchDaemon may redirect stdin/stdout/stderr. E.g. I've got an item that says:


I do get the stdout in /Library/Logs/rnamanagedocker_out.log, but no /Library/Logs/rnamanagedocker_err.log is created while I am certain there is stderr output.

Any tips?

[UPDATE Jan 17] I have now noticed that I do get stderr in an expected output file. Either I was mistaken or there was some setup I cannot reproduce that got the stderr output lost. Probably the first (picnic, problem in chair, not in computer).


Your second key has a typo in it (has a > before the closing </key>)


It should be


Try making sure that the system is actually permitted to write to that file. I would suggest simply creating the file in advance (as an empty file). You can do that with the Terminal as follows:

touch /Library/Logs/rnamanagedocker_err.log

Then try first by making the file writable by everyone to see, if that makes it work:

chmod a+w /Library/Logs/rnamanagedocker_err.log

If you want then you can then start limited the permissions on the file to get to the level you require.

  • Actually, this was not expected to help, because if you can write the out file in the same directory, why not the err file? But I tried anyway, and it did not help.
    – gctwnl
    Jan 15 '19 at 21:46
  • I don't know why you had those expectations, but if one file already exists and is writable - it would be logical why you could write to that file, but not the other one.
    – jksoegaard
    Jan 15 '19 at 22:07
  • I had that expectation because the other file was also created on the first write. I never created it by hand. But agreed, error could behave differently.
    – gctwnl
    Jan 16 '19 at 15:24
  • You didn't write that in your question, so I couldn't know that when I answered. How have you checked that something is actually output to stderr?
    – jksoegaard
    Jan 16 '19 at 15:27
  • By running the command by hand.
    – gctwnl
    Jan 16 '19 at 15:35

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