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launchd

New in Mac OS X 10.4, the launchd process manages daemons, both for the system as a whole and for individual users. A daemon is a continuously running program, which exists for the sole purpose of managing service requests that the computer system expects to receive. The daemon forwards the requests to the appropriate processes. launchd manages daemons, both for the system as a whole and for individual users.

During startup, launchd scans the LaunchDaemons and LaunchAgents folders in both /System/Library and /Library for plist files. Each plist file represents a process that launchd needs to manage. The contents of the plist file specify the location of the code that should be run and when the process should be launched.


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