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How to see list of files accessed by app using Instruments in Xcode

I'm trying to see what files/folders a particular app accesses/modifies I have Xcode 15. I'm using its Instruments app (v. 15.2) I choose File > New > File activity. I choose select target, ...
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Is there a way to restart a launchd service if it stops responding on a port?

I have a service configured via launchd to automatically restart when it crashes. Unfortunately it will sometimes hang, and stop working, without actually crashing. I can detect when this has happens ...
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Monitoring plist changes and generating `PlistBuddy` commands on macOS

I am seeking a tool or method to monitor plist changes on macOS and generate the corresponding PlistBuddy commands when preferences are changed in the system or within applications. I have decided to ...
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macOS alternative for /sys/block/*/stat to get read and written sectors or bytes

I am searching for an alternative of Linux /sys/block/*/stat for macOS to get the number of sectors (or Bytes) read and written since system start for each drive. Native commands like iostat -I give ...
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Summary of network activity

For a while I used network monitor that comes with MacOS to understand the network activity of apps. But things don't add up there. For example, in the attached screenshot total “Data received“ is 1.4 ...
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How to poll an app / process CPU utilization levels with fine granularity in Terminal?

I have a particularly problematic process in macOS that has a CPU utilization of 50-100% rather consistently. The process seems to have a somewhat high variability depending on several variables. ...
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Detect which process is attempting TCP connections

On my MacBook Pro (Monterey), I was looking at packet captures over a period of a few hours and I noticed that something on my box is, every few minutes, pinging other computers on the local network ...
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Automatically lock screen, but do not go to sleep, when lid is closed

In a similar, but not duplicate, vein to Listening to music with MacBooks lid closed, I'd like to be able to listen to music with my 2019 MacBook Pro's lid closed. But I can't accept the compromise of ...
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How to list top 10 process/services in terminal

I'm trying to run a command every 5 min to check the top 10 services/process that are using more CPU. I would like to run the script and save the result in a file and after 5 min add the new result in ...
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Send a notification to my iPhone when a website's content changes

I would like to be notified quickly (ideally within an hour) if a certain website (that is not under my control) changes. Any changes to the HTML should trigger a notification. Since I am not always ...
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Monitor Mac external USB SSD wear?

What is the best way to monitor the wear of my new external USB boot SSD? I'd like to order a new one to have ready before it gets too slow. I have WD Blue and love the speed, and it worked perfectly ...
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Replace HardwareGrowler for hardware and system events notifications on MacOS?

I used HardwareGrowler for years to get notified about hardware and system events on my Macs. HardwareGrowler was initially provided as an extra with Growl, and was then proposed as a standalone app ...
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Display the current network use (upload and download) in the notification bar on iPad

I'm looking for a program for iPadOS 13.7 compatible with ipad pro 9.7 inch (2016) that displays the current network use (upload and download) in the notification bar. The program should be gratis (...
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How can I find out the command line of a process that changed a specific file?

I am trying to find out what process is modifying my /etc/sshd_config file. It happens due to a background process that runs based on periodic intervals or based on a trigger. What I want to see is ...
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Mac unable to set rotations of multiple monitors

Having a little problem with my MacbookPro 2019-15inch-i9 (Big Sur 2020.07.08). I have two vertical monitors(ASUS VG249 1080p 144Hz)(BenQ GW2270 1080p 60Hz) and one normal monitor(DELL 2718Q 4k) set ...
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Monitor network connectivity issues

having a ton of issues with my new ISP. Does anyone know of an app that sits in the tray and tests connectivity to various websites every ~10 seconds and provides a report on connectivity and perf ...
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Does macOS monitor drive health?

My 2017 15" MacBook Pro does not appear to support SMART on any drive. For its internal PCIe drive diskutil reports: $ diskutil info disk0 | grep SMART SMART Status: Not Supported ...
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Turn old iphone into extra monitor

I've just been wondering lately, would it be possible to turn my old iPhone into a temperature / small extra -monitor? I know there are apps like iDisplay, Spacedesk and Splashtop for connecting your ...
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Different temperature reports by different apps?

I was looking for a free app to display CPU temperatures, so I tried Fanny and Menumeters. Both work OK but I noticed that Menumeters reports 5-10 Celsius less than Fanny. Any ideas why this happens? ...
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How to monitor multiple macOS system usage?

For GNU/Linux systems that runs as a server, we can get a dashboard with system information like cpu, memory, network usage etc. What software is used to collect this information? For macOS, is there ...
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Does macOS keep iSight Camera usage logs?

Let's assume for this question that it is possible for hackers to gain access to your iSight camera, is it possible for you to check to see if such an incident has occurred by accessing the activity ...
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How to restrict specific web pages at a certain time on Catalina using Screen Time?

How to allow and block specific web pages at a certain time? I can limit the time and build black and white lists, but can I combine it?
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Use an iPhone as a live system monitor

A while ago, I was eyeballing the MadCatz STRIKE7 keyboard for a new gaming PC I was building...but as it turns out, its not just sold out, EOL'd but also quite hard to get a hold of. And that is ...
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Terminal Speedtest Script MacOS

I am looking for a Terminal Script for MacOS to monitor my bandwidth and ping etc. like this (linux) -> https://gitgud.io/J0s3f/speedtest_cron/tree/master I have the speedtest-cli installed via ...
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How can I determine the sound volume from within a python script?

I need to see when the sound volume on my Mac hits a certain point, in Python (and preferably without the need of any permissions). Any pointers appreciated.
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Pipe Terminal Output To Notification, If Output Contains Specific Phrase?

I have a long series of commands that I run on a semi-regular basis. Sometimes, completion of the commands requires user input via password prompt or other responses and sometimes information is ...
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How can I detect if my computer has been remotely accessed and monitored by an employer?

I work remotely as a freelancer, on a new imac I purchased specifically for this gig. Until recently, I had a seat on the client's Adobe Enterprise, and I frequently exchange files with the client. I ...
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Is there a way to see current CPU frequency in macOS from terminal (not Intel power gadget)

I am aware of these answers: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9948987/detect-current-cpu-clock-speed-programmatically-on-os-x View the current clock Speed of a CPU in OS X? Which refer to Intel ...
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Command line applications to list outgoing connections

I am looking for a command line tool that is able to make a log of the outgoing connections. I have already taken a look at the nettop command and it is really good, but the list of connections is ...
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How to monitor Mac file sharing activity

I am a new Mac user and have struggled mightily to find an answer to this question in recent days. I’m running a MacOS Sierra client, and sharing a folder of files with other Macs on my local network....
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How can I monitor a specific folder and know what processes access its contents?

I'm working with a complex Chrome Extension. As I debug it and make changes, some other files are created and modified. I know for certain that are not modified by me and the extension is not being ...
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Identify why I get a connection to ransomware server

I received some waring that my 'PC' might be infected because it supposedly tried to connect to two ransomware server: http://45.33.9.234/ http://79.170.40.167/ In practice I have a MBP with MacOS ...
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Application monitoring software?

I'm running Fiery Command Workstation on a Mac and it tends to crash every couple of days. I've been looking in the Console but it shows any events for FCW that are a few days old, not for the days I ...
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Is Monitoring Apps drastically impact battery life?

A user on this Product Hunt said that kinds of monitoring app such as iStatmenu, Menubar apps, that constantly poll the CPU for data, can drastically impact battery life. Is it true?
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File Folder Monitoring

I have a task to create a way of monitoring a folder and files running on a MacOS 10.11 machine. Basically what I want to accomplish is each time a new file is added to the folder send a notification ...
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Tools to monitor App files write activity under OS X

What tools can be used to monitor system activity under OS X? I am interested in which files are modified or created while using a specific app, Safari to be exact. I am familiar with fs_usage, but I ...
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How can I remotely monitor whether a Mac is connected to the Internet?

I'd like to monitor a fleet of machines and be notified when they fall off the Internet (independent of wifi access). Does OS X support this natively? Is there a go-to tool that IT folks use to ...
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Run nrpe on boot w/o a logged in user

Running a Mac mini with server app. (El Capitan 10.11.4 & Server.app 5.1) Installed Xcode, brew, and nrpe via brew. Works fine as such. It's not sensible to have to remote desktop to it and log ...
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Problems reconnecting to WiFi if connection is lost

In the area where I live there are frequent power outages for a few seconds. I am connected via a router, which (of course) restarts each time. Unfortunately my Mac (2011 MB Pro) does not ...
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XRG: How to minimize?

XRG system monitor is awesome! But I can't figure out how to minimize it. I'm sure I'm missing something simple. Any ideas? iMax El Capitan 10.11.3 XRG 2.0.0
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Best software for monitoring/alerting based on log files?

I'm setting up an iMac to use as a server that will be doing some automated file copying/moving via the Hazel app, in conjunction with some shell scripts. It's a system for dropping off files, which ...
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Vpn service to log iOS internet usage?

I want a service like rescueTime for iOS. I'm pretty sure apps can't look at other app usage directly, but I think a vpn could track most of my usage, as I mostly do stuff that requires an internet ...
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Can ISPs monitor apps that one uses on iOS?

Is it possible for an ISP to identify what iOS app I use based on network traffic?
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nrpe (icinga) client service doesn't load/run

I just wrote following .plist file, which I put into /System/Library/LaunchDaemons, unluckily loading/running doesn't seem to work, and I have no idea what's wrong: <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//...
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Zabbix agent installation

On the Zabbix website it says Mac OS X agent is supported, however, I do not see a download link available. Does anyone know how to install the agent on OS X? Here is a link to the list of supported ...
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Why is htop producing different reports than Activity Monitor?

I'm using htop on my Mac. I put it side by side with Activity Monitor, but the reports are widely different. On Activity Monitor, I can get finder using up to 100% of CPU, while it doesn't show at ...
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Need to regularly check windows for changes

I'm looking for a fast and reliable method to monitor changes in some windows belonging to a application. After I hit a hotkey I'd like a method to monitor those windows for a change in specific ...
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How do I know a mac needs to restart?

Is there a way to figure out from a script whether a Mac needs to reboot? A file, the presence or contents of which I could monitor perhaps? I'm looking for an equivalent to the file /var/run/reboot-...
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How can I monitor an installer as it modifies the filesystem on Yosemite?

fseventer does not support Yosemite until further notice and the suggestions here don't work for me so how can I monitor an installer as it writes files to the file system? I also tried Sloth but it ...
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Is there away to see the internal process of a software?

I would like to be able to see/monitor how a software "works" once it's running. For example I would like to see what happens internally when you click on a button, or any other interaction within an ...
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