Questions tagged [services]

OS X Services allow sharing data and capabilities across applications. They are invoked by the user either through the active application menu's "Services" submenu or via keyboard shortcuts, typically to act on the data selected in the currently active application.

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How do I remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app?

For whatever reason, the "Open With" context menu in Finder is always listing every app four times (exactly). I've read about (and tried) rebuilding the Launch Services database to restore the ...
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Disable Services in OSX (services.msc)

Is there a Services.msc or ntsysv utility for OSX? I just want to harden my OSX by disabling any unwanted service and it's ports.
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What is CalNCService and why does it run hot in macOS Sierra?

Since the upgrade to macOS Sierra I occasionally see a service CalNCService running hot (i.e. on 100% CPU). So going from the name, this seems to be some Calendar Service. I tried disabling Calendars ...
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What's the services/running processes manager in Mac OS X?

I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?
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How do I delete a Service?

If I created a service using Automator, how can I delete it if I no longer want it?
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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) which is trying to bypass firewalls

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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Keyboard shortcut for service only works after I manually run the service

After I assign a keyboard shortcut to initiate a service in System Preferences, I press the keyboard shortcut and nothing happens. I have to first click on the service title under the services menu (...
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Select a menu item in AppleScript without using “System Events” in 10.9 Mavericks

I was just answering another question and was reminded of a new "feature" in Mavericks. I used to have a number of small Automator Services that took no input but did something useful when tied to a ...
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What are the sharingd and sharedfilelistd processes?

What are the sharingd and sharedfilelistd and why are they running? I'm on OSX El Capitan 10.11.6
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How to reload autofs on Lion without restarting?

I'm trying to get my host machine running Lion to automount an NFS export on my CentOS VM. I was able to get this working on a system running Mac OS 10.5 by modifying /etc/auto_master and then ...
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How can I turn off the gamed service or more generally, any service?

Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager. Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for business/...
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Where are Services stored?

I created a service using Automator and noticed that it created a .workflow file in ~/Library/Services. Is this the same file that handles the service that I see under (Application's Name) > Services? ...
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Is the “Lookup in Dictionary” context menu option hardcoded in Google Chrome for Mac?

I'm having a hard time removing the "Lookup in Dictionary" context menu element in Chrome for Mac (see screenshot). I tried deactivating the Dictionary Service shortcut in Preferences / Keyboard, and ...
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Run TeamViewer on demand, instead of at startup

I installed TeamViewer Host (v. 10.0) for making remote connections back to my Mac. It loads on start up automatically, and there doesn’t seem to be a preference to disable that behavior*. TeamViewer ...
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How to disable the “locate” command in Mac OS?

According to this article, I can use this command: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist To enable "locate" command to find files. However, recently I find this ...
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How to restart sshd in OSX Lion?

I have configured ssh keys for github. I have multiple ssh keys configured already. I need to add new ssh keys for bitbucket. But it does not seem to be working. How do i restart sshd in OSX Lion?
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How to get nfsd to serve NFSv4 on High Sierra?

I'm hoping to serve an NFS mount from my High Sierra (10.13.4) server to a linux client. The linux client can mount using NFSv3 protocol, but I use ACLs on the served files and directories, so I think ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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How to disable/always allow assistive access on Mavericks?

I've been using this script (AppleScript) bound to a global hot key as an Automator Service to open new terminals using a global keyboard shortcut. After upgrade to OS X Mavericks when the ...
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How do I set up iCloud for a family?

What is the right way to set up iCloud for a family? Assume that I want to share iTunes store account, have separate mail, contacts, bookmarks and notes, but have the possibility of sharing calendars ...
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Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to “unlimited” using `launchctl limit` result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit?

Why does setting the hard-limit for maxfiles to "unlimited" using launchctl limit result in a hard-limit slightly above the soft-limit? By setting the maxfiles limit using launchctl to launchctl ...
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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Automator service not showing in services menu

I know next to nothing about the OS X, but I've been asked to make a few different scripts for actions in Apple Mail. One is to bind a hotkey that will create a reminder with a followup time of two ...
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Why can an app create daemons on the fly without sudo permission and how to stop it?

First, I come from Linux so there are many things which confuse me such as daemons. I installed VOX.app and it has some kind of agents and cloud-related processes which can be started automatically. ...
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How to create a service (shown in the context menu on the URL) in Safari?

I want to create a service which will be shown in the context menu when I right-click on any link in the Safari (need get the URL into the service). This is my current contextual services menu on the ...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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How do I assign a keyboard shortcut to a service in OS X?

I created a service using Automator and I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to it. How do I do this?
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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 com.apple.SpeechRecognitionCore....
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How can I control (start/stop) applications and services that start up after reboot?

I have a Mac that is slow when using the internet, but other PCs on the same connection aren't as slow. I suspect there are too many AV scanners running concurrently, or there is some process that ...
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Create Automator Service With a Python Script?

I'm trying to create an Automator Service that will act on selected text, converting dashes to spaces, and also making word caps for all the text. A friend gave me this python script (I know nothing ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Services submenu disappeared from contextual menu of right click

I am using OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 at my office. Last week, I was still able to right click files or folders and choose services from the bottom of contextual menu. However, after I started my Mac this ...
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Mavericks Server - nothing enabled, but services still running and logging messages

I have a Mavericks server with ALL services disabled in Server.app in an attempt to figure out what's causing a huge number of log messages. When I check to see what services are running, I see the ...
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How to keep BetterTouchTool alive?

BetterTouchTool keeps exiting. How do I make sure that it reopens when it exits, and that duplicate processes aren't spawned? Thanks
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Remove system default / third-party app 'service' items from OS X context menus?

I'm in the process of replacing OS X's default 'Search with Google' context menu item (found when you right click on text in many apps like Terminal, Notes, or third party ones like the RSS reader ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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GUI service manager for OS X?

I am looking for a GUI application, with in icon on the top bar, that can be used to start and stop different services on OS X. These do not have to be real OS X (launchd) services/daemons, it is ...
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launchd: Confusion on semantics of bootstrap and bootout etc. after reading manual pages

I've read the following manual pages on launchd: launchctl, launchd, and launchd.plist. However, nothing is really said in these manual pages regarding what the launchctl boostrap and launchctl ...
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Are apsd, ntpd, mDNSResponder, trustd, netbiosd necessary for macOS functioning?

I'm seeing 5 processes with network activity ( sending/receiving bytes ). I'm not sure whether these are normal occurrences? List of processes apsd ntpd mDNSResponder trustd netbiosd I researched a ...
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Grant “Full Disk Access” to Workflows run via the Services menu

I have an Automator Workflow installed as a service, that I run via Finder → Services → My Automator Workflow. The workflow copies some files to a DOS formatted thumb drive, and them attempts to ...
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How to create a service that puts selected text into quotation marks?

I'd like to create a service that puts any text I select in TextEdit or web page text editors into quotation marks. I understand Automator is the tool to use, but how do I create this action using ...
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Is there any way to seamlessly translate a mail inside Mail.app?

Having recently moved to Germany, I receive tons of German emails. My current workflow is definitely not efficient: Copy mail contents, goto translate.google.com, paste content.. The ideal solution ...
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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Symlinked services in ~/Library/Services not working in Lion

Does anyone know how to make symlinked services work in Lion? I used to keep all my services under version control in SL and symlinked into ~/Library/Services and this stopped working when I installed ...
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Is it possible to create sub-menus for Services?

If I have several OS X Services set up for "Text," is it possible to organize them within custom-titled menus, within my systemwide selected-text context menu?
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Starting and stopping mysql server. Shorten and make automatic

Currently I start and stop mysql with the following command sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop It is quite a long command ...
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Show all services on right click

Whenever you have more than 4 services, they are put in a dropdown option "Services" on right click instead of just being added to the right click menu itself. Is this an option somewhere that can be ...
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How do I prevent nginx from auto-loading using homebrew?

I'm using Mac High Sierra. I install nginx with homebrw a while back, but I can't remember how to permanently stop it from running when my computer boots. I have this file localhost:mydir davea$ ls ...
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What are all these tvOS services?

I noticed Apple's tvOS broadcasting no less than 7 mDNS PTR-RRs (via Bonjour, I presume): + Apple TV._airplay._tcp.local + Apple TV._mediaremotetv._tcp.local + Apple TV._companion-link._tcp.local + ...

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