Daemon Problem

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  1. jean001 macrumors newbie

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    Hi;

    Been using an iMac 27" for almost a year and have a problem that frustrates me a lot.

    My computer stopped from going sleep on its own for a while (it's possible to make it sleep by holding cmd+alt and pressing eject or pressing the power button on the back - and it does not wake by itself).

    As i was searching for a clue, i learned to check the console. What i found out was that, the computer is constantly looking for files called "macgamesarcadedaemon.app" and "cleanappdaemon.app". I installed these programs and uninstalled them after using them a while and it seems, although they've been uninstalled (deleted apparently) my iMac still searches for the daemon.app files that they've placed.

    I believe this is the reason my computer does not go to sleep by itself. That's why i tried to reinstall these two programs to make sure that the daemon.apps get back to place. However reinstalling them did not solve my problem. iMac is still looking for "macgamesarcadedaemon.app" and "cleanappdaemon.app" and is still failing to find them.

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Regards
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  3. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I did as the link explains. Unfortunately the computer is still searching for the daemon files for cleanapp and mac games arcade.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you search for "macgamesarcade" and "cleanapp" with system files included? Also, have you checked your Login Items for your account, to make sure something isn't listed that you don't want?
     
  5. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    exactly as you described. and wiped out everything that i found. The computer is still looking for daemon files.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items
    You can also check the following locations for other items that launch with startup:
    /System/Library/LaunchAgents/
    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
    /Users/username/Library/LaunchAgents/​
     
  7. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok i checked the login items too. No sign of them there either.
     
  8. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope. No luck. The computer keeps looking for something that is not present. :(
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Any indication of what process is looking for them?
     
  10. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only can tell what i see in the console. The message goes; com.synum.cleanappdaemon posix_spawn ("/library/application support/cleanapp/cleanapp daemon.app/contents/macos/cleanapp daemon", ...): no such file or directory

    similar one for mac games arcade
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Long shot: have you installed an app called Gears?
     
  12. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm nope. never heard of it. By the way, i reinstalled mac games arcade again and this time started its self updater. It did not update anything but the problem about mac games arcade is solved. The daemon is there and it's not being searched any more. Unfortunately the website for cleanapp is down. So i cannot download the program.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I guess you've figured out by now that apps such as CleanApp aren't worth the trouble.

    AppZapper, AppCleaner, CleanApp, TrashMe, and similar apps do not do a thorough job of removing all files/folders related to deleted apps. I tested several of these, using Skype as the app to be removed. Of 17 items to be removed:
    AppZapper missed 13 items
    AppCleaner missed 11 items
    AppDelete missed 8 items
    Hazel missed 9 items​
    I also tested AppTrap, CleanMyMac and a few others, but don't recall how many items they missed. All left files/folders behind. In most cases, they remove .plist files and a few others, but leave behind much larger files and folders. (you will find a discussion of these tests in the thread linked below)

    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much

    Use the manual method I posted earlier for removing apps.
     
  14. jean001 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's exactly what i've been suspecting since the first day i started using a mac. I've been a windows user for 20 years and even with "uninstalling" many file clutters were left behind. And with mac os x, just sending an application to trash to remove it completely was too good to be true.

    Anyhow, the only solution for me now is to find out a way to reinstall cleanapp and delete it with your method.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Understand that you can simply drag most apps to the trash and that will uninstall the app. While usually there are files/folders left behind, in most cases they aren't problematic, other than taking up disk space. In some cases, as you discovered, they create problems if not fully removed.
     

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