Startup items

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thejadedmonkey, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    Hi all. I was just wondering, where do start up items go under OS X?
     
  2. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

    SpaceMagic

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    System Preferences -> Accounts -> Start up items
     
  3. thejadedmonkey thread starter macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    and if, for example, say, I had OSXVNX server starting up, where would that start up item go?
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

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    Doesn't matter. Just choose the application in the system prefs. message. OS X will know where to look.
     
  5. superwoman macrumors regular

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    But this will only start the app upon a user login, not when the machine starts up.

    I think the relevant directories are /System/Library/StartupItems and /Library/StartupItems. The former is supposedly for system-installed startup scripts, whiel the latter is for user-installed scripts. The existing scripts inside are pretty much self-explanatory to start you up.

    If you're using Tiger, I think the new model is launch daemons, located inside /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /Library/LaunchDaemons. But I'm not too sure how they work...
     
  6. thejadedmonkey thread starter macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

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    Thank you all...
    this was worrying me since I only knew about the place in the system preferences and I was like "whoa...why is my mac doing something when I have no idea how it's doing it"
     

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