what is 'karl'?

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  1. spydr macrumors 6502

    spydr

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    I am having a process called 'karl' running with root access in my macbookpro. Strangely it is a powerpc process, as opposed to all other system processes which are intel processes. It is bothering because it is running as a root. Currently I don't have any powerpc application open either, and in that case too, an application's process should run as my process right?
    Any insights? In these days of OS X hacks, I want to be as informed as possible. One more thing, on info it says parent process is "launchd" - if that helps.

    Spydr
     
  2. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

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    wasn't he one of the Marx brothers? *rimshot*

    I can't find anything on karl...not sure what it'd be. :confused:
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Never heard of it.

    Can you show us a screenshot from Activity MOnitor please?
     
  4. spydr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here it is. It shows up as soon as I log in. Could it be one of the powerpc program's autoupdate services? I do have stuff like Acrobat and few other powerpc applications, though none needs to run for this scumbag to show up!
     

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  5. Josh macrumors 68000

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    Kontrols
    And
    Relocates
    Libraries

    Delete it immediately.

    Just kidding of course, I have no idea what it is :p

    You might try opening the terminal, and typing
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    man karl
    hit enter, and if there is any existing documentation of that process on your system, that should bring it up and let you know what it is.
     
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    If launchd spawned it, look for a plist file (or grep them) in /System/Library/LaunchDaemons or even /System/Library/LaunchAgents
     
  7. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    Is it related to Rosetta in any way? Just an impulse guess.
     
  8. spydr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sorry - no man entry in terminal.
     
  9. spydr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no plist for karl in those two locations.
     
  10. spydr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just that I don't recall it being there on the brand new system. That is why I want to know if anyother intel macs see it. I know that one of the applications I got (a powerPC app) needs to run a Key access server/process to authenticate from our network licensing server. It bugs me that if it is the Karl process, shouldn't it identify itself in some way - how else can I confirm this suspicion?
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    did you grep the files for karl too?

    Code:
    grep -i karl *
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    ps -auxwww | grep karl

    I'm curious what it's path is. That might give us a clue as to it's origin.
     
  13. GilGrissom macrumors 65816

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    I've just got my friend to check his new Intel iMac...nothing about "karl" on his machine, and he's had it a month at least now, got all sorts of software on it and it's not come up.
     
  14. spydr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What I suspected- keyaccess stuff. As I said previously, an application called Macvector uses authentication from keyaccess server. But I don't know if it is alright that it is running even if I have not launched the relevant application? or is it a whim of the powerpc app on intel. I hope it doesn't do any damage!

    User 1739 1.2 0.0 27352 424 p1 S+ 1:18PM 0:00.00 grep karl
    root 194 0.0 0.3 101152 3564 ?? Ss 9:41AM 0:00.13 /Library/KeyAccess/KeyAccess.app/Contents/SharedSupport/karl.app/Contents/MacOS/karl

    Thanks for that code and all the quick replies. You guys rock! Now I can rest in peace - for a while at least.:)
     
  15. pknz macrumors 68020

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    You haven't been listening to Ricky Gervais podcasts by any chance have you?
     
  16. AdamDZ macrumors newbie

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    karl and kass are two processes that are a part of KeyServer client and yes, they're supposed to always run even if you're not using keyed software.

    A.
     

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