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Daemon removal, plist
« on: October 22, 2011, 11:28:47 AM »
I just ran the 4.2.1 update due to some app incompatibility, a decision I really hope I won't regret.

I wanted to ask how exactly the daemon removal works. From what I understand, the plist files store info about the apps (daemons in this case) a bit like xml files. And removing it would stop the daemons from accessing their info and configurations. But does this actually disable the daemon? After some extensive testing, I saw that removing the plist files for the daemons doesn't actually give my device any free memory(except the spotlight daemon), when the services requiring the daemons are off in the first place (such as notifications, VPN, etc).

And aren't the daemons given allocated memory space on bootup, even though the plist is found or not?

Just wanted to understand exactly how the daemon removal works.

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Re: Daemon removal, plist
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 11:48:40 AM »
daemons contain the information, when what is executated how..they are like autostart programs on windows.
if you now remove a daemon from /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and reboot the plist with the information cannot eb found anymore so the priogram "behind" the daemon wont be executed anymore and saves some RAM or CPU Power. But it depends on which daemon you disabled, because some daemon are only running if they need to and some are constantly in the background like Spotlight Search.

If you want to check which daemons are currently running you can do this.
open terminal.
su
alpine (or whatever your password is)
launchctl list

launchctl will list then every daemon that is currently running.

I hoipe this helped a bit
« Last Edit: October 22, 2011, 12:14:39 PM by realblack7 »
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Re: Daemon removal, plist
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 12:01:56 PM »
That did help, thanks!

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Re: Daemon removal, plist
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2011, 12:14:52 PM »
no prob:)
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