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Mar 30, 2008, 01:21 PM
What is the configd file and what does it do?

Mar 30, 2008, 11:16 PM
the configd daemon appears to be a sort of clearing house for notifying other parts of the system about configuration changes. It seems to cover network config, system preferences, etc. It should always be running and you shouldn't need to interact with it.

For more, run:
man configd

from the terminal.


Mar 31, 2008, 11:15 AM

Thanks for the reply Lee, I will use the terminal man from now on as one of my sources to help determine what some of the processes do. This file notified me of recent changes on my Mac by a foreign IP.

Here is what the Terminal Man command gives me about what the configd file does DESCRIPTION
The configd daemon is responsible for many configuration aspects of the
local system. configd maintains data reflecting the desired and current
state of the system, provides notifications to applications when this
data changes, and hosts a number of configuration agents in the form of
loadable bundles.

Each configuration agent is responsible for a well-defined aspect of con-
figuration management. The agents look to one or more input sources
(preferences, low-level kernel events, configd notifications, etc) and,
through a set of policy modules, interacts with the system to establish
the desired operational configuration.

Access to the data maintained by configd is via the SystemConfigura-
tion.framework SCDynamicStore APIs.

In short it seems to be a config file for the Mac

1. I am just so frustrated right now. I opened a port through IRC Chat about a month ago, and someone came through. I had all my backups on a Internal second hard drive inside the computer, (another huge mistake.) I posted a while back and don't think many believed me about what happened. The Mac is not invincible, especially when I did something so idiotic as open that port and let this person in ( without knowing). I pretty much have had nothing but problems ever since! I have reformatted so many times but I think whenever I put my files back on that something must have been added to my internal backup files so it just keeps getting put back on after I reinstall.

2. I wish I new more about the processes of the computer in the background, kind of like what the Apple Techs know,(I know not realistic) there are so many and programmers spend their lives acquiring their skills. One of the programmers in the Mac Rumors forum told me that even their knowledge of the Apple core code and processes was limited to what they gathered from talking to Apple Programmers, other programmers and online.

I am at wits end. Someone I know that does IT for a living and uses Macs for the most part is coming over tonight to look at my computers, hopefully we can figure out what is going on.

Mar 31, 2008, 11:54 AM
Did you install OS X from scratch and try to use it before copying over old files?

IF you have a compromised file somewhere it wouldn't get re-installed unless you copied it over immediately after reinstalling OS X.

And don't use an Administrator account for daily use or do what people on IRC tell you do to your system.

Mar 31, 2008, 11:58 AM
... or do what people on IRC tell you do to your system.

That made me laugh :)

Mar 31, 2008, 01:07 PM
I think the hardest lesson I have had to learn about the internet is that it is the Wild West out there. People would sooner shoot you if you put yourself in the wrong situation.


I guess it is funny if you have learned this lesson from others or learned this without having to experience it for yourself. But trust me, it is not funny when you have to learn this lesson the hard way, experience it ;)


Yea, I have done a clean install. Waited and then put the files back on my computer. I did not realize how open you leave yourself when using IRC Chat. I know without someone seeing what is going on that knows the background processes it is going to be very hard for me to figure out what has been compromised and how to secure my computer completely. I just wish I could hit the rewind button.