OS X Server; standalones as OS X services

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Fri Jul 12 01:11:01 CDT 2002


On Thursday, July 11, 2002, at 07:54 PM, Bill Vlahos wrote:
>>>
>>> 1. There is a built-in application called WatchDog which can be 
>>> configured to autorestart an application if it should crash 
>>> thereby assuring that your program would always be running. This 
>>> would be similar to running as a service under Windows for all 
>>> practical purposes.
>> Will this start it the first time, that is, at boot?  Is this on 
>> regular ol OS X, too?
> To have any application autostart at boot simply add it to the 
> Login Items in the System Preferences either by clicking the 
> Add... button and selecting the file (either application or 
> document) or, even easier, just drag the file icon to the Login 
> Items window. This works with any version of OS X. For the geeks 
> among us, this actually edits the file in the 
> /User/Library/Preference/loginwindow.plist file which is an XML 
> file. I haven't looked to see if WatchDog does this automatically 
> but it might.
>
I found this info on startup items:
http://developer.apple.com/techpubs/macosx/Darwin/PortingUNIX/additionalfeatures/
Boot_Sequence.html

This looks like applies to all OS X and does not require login.

I wonder if there is a tool that helps in creating and editing 
items in /library/startupItems.

Dar Scott




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