I am trying to identify the macOS Catalina processes which handle network communication with Apple's iMessage servers.
If you have iMessage enabled and quit the Messages app, incoming messages are still delivered to your computer.
I've tried killing the
IMDPersistenceAgent processes because they sounded related to messaging, but the former seems to be related to FaceTime only and killing the latter did not stop incoming iMessages.
To be clear: I am not simply trying to disable iMessage. I am trying to identify the processes that handle communication with iMessage. This is for two reasons:
- The termination of these processes needs to be able to be executed in an automated bash script using
pkillor something similar, and deactivation of iMessage cannot be done in such a way.
- The computer needs to remain activated with the iMessage service so that when the processes are restarted (or the computer is restarted and the processes are launched on their own), any pending incoming iMessages are delivered. If iMessage were to be deactivated and then later activated, any messages during the period of time which it was deactivated would not be delivered.