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Startup items on the Macpeter mares dot com

Ever needed to stop an application from launching on startup? Couldn’t remember all the places that OS X can put these little nuggets of automation?

A colleague of mine put this together and passed it on to me.

Since I have been on this particular merry-go-round before as well, I figured I’d just put it into a blog post in case I (or anyone else) ever needed a reference point:

Applications that run on Startup:

/Library/StartupItems

 

plist items running on startup:

/Library/LaunchDaemons

/System/Library/LaunchDaemons

 

Applications that launch on User Login:

* First check your “Login Items” for that user account within the Account settings of System Preferences, then:

~/Library/LaunchAgents

/Library/LaunchAgents/

/System/Library/LaunchAgents/

 

And it’s nix so don’t forget:

crontab -l

 

and:

sudo crontab -l

 

Kernel Extensions:

In the command line:

kextstat

 

Check Login and Logout Hooks

 

for Login

defaults read com.apple.loginwindow LoginHook

 

for Logout

defaults read com.apple.loginwindow LogoutHook

 

or see both with:

/usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c Print

 

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