What is Configd?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CyrusOz, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. CyrusOz macrumors regular

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    I recently converted to mac and just thought i was getting to know most of the new terms and names but then I realised I have no idea what this message means. I run little snitch and this message pops up regularly and I always click deny but not sure if it is something important that I should be letting connect.

    Can anybody please help me with this? Sorry it's such a dumb question

    Much appreciated
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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow that was such a helpful answer... thanks heaps. Of course I tried to find the answer on google but all i got was "configd Maintains dynamic configuration information about the computer and its environment (mainly the network)." and I was hoping for a little more information but what you gave me certainly filled in the gaps... thanks again ;)
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  5. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually downloaded the apple programming gear etc etc when somebody suggested that it would be fun to develop an iphone app but then I realise that my coding is heading in a different direction so now I'm stuck with all of that apple development stuff on my computer and I'd rather just get rid of it but I honestly can't even recall which programs I got through the process and if it will create any problems when I remove them all.

    Any thoughts?
     
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    This type of answer is happening too much.

    The fact that a Google search works, is because people have actually tried to give a human answer to the question on a trusted forum, like this.

    And most of the time when the OP has searched via Google, he wants to ask here anyway, because he finds the answer more directly related to his specific question.

    There is a nice balance between "please search the forums (i.e. questions about SL orso)", and the specific question the OP wants to ask this gr8 Mac-related friendly forum.

    Tnx.
     
  7. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    too right, google is always my first port of call but it was vague about this topic and like you said some people value the opinions on the users on this board. apparently that rude clown that responded to my original post has never found himself asking a question any time in his life and has always been gifted with such a huge bank of cerebral knowledge that he doesn't feel the need to help others except for useless smarta$$ remarks.

    Something to consider, if everybody just randomly googled answers then there would no longer need to be places like this forum, so this place will soon cease to exist. Pitty
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Well, configd is involved in the Unix network management framework. Entire books have been written about Unix network programming.

    There is another forum for Parallels, and the exact same question was asked and exact same first answer 'man configd'.

    http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=2943

    It's not just MR giving short answers.

    I can't figure out how I could take the time to write up a short explanation of what configd is for without going into network programming. I spent years learning and using *nix networks, and believe me it is not trivial stuff. Worse yet, different implementations do it in different ways.

    How detailed an explanation was the OP expecting?
     
  9. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Probably one saying why its doing this, and whether its a problem?
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Jeez.. does no one read reference material?

    Configd runs regularly to keep track of the network, including hardware. Normally you just allow it to run and ignore it, it is not a problem. All *nix systems do this. Most systems implement it as a daemon.

    Besides, the orignal topic question was "what is configd". The man page gives basic info.
     
  11. CyrusOz thread starter macrumors regular

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    the last few posts have been exactly what i needed to know... i didn't need anything more in depth than that.

    Thanks very much for your time and effort.

    CyrusOz

    P.S. 'Man' meant nothing to me I thought it was an typo or something.... sometimes jargon creates just as much trouble as anything else lol
     
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    We tend to use the unix jargon without thinking if anyone understands it. man is so prevalent in *nix that it seemed to need no explanation.
     
  13. PorkPieHat, Aug 30, 2011
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    Shocking manners in a MacRumors Forum

    I know this is a two-year-old thread, but I thought it might be useful to post to this thread to notify its participants and give them an opportunity to reexamine their comments in the light of hindsight.

    Here was a shiny new Mac convert asking for help, and the first response he got (from Eldorian) did just about all it could to chase the noob back to the Windows world where modesty more frequently prevails (as a consequence of the platform's overwhelming mediocrity).

    So what is it about expert knowledge that makes its possessors wield it more like a bludgeon than a baby spoon? Specialists and experts almost always reap greater rewards when they freely and generously help novice and intermediate users. So why do so many refuse to do so, or worse, serve it to them only after first denigrating the needy?

    Shame, that.
     
  14. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    PorkPieHat:

    I didn't even realize how old the thread was, until your post. But I thought I would share my views regarding your, er, well, attack on those of us just trying to help people.

    The problem stems from users running programs such as Little Snitch, without the knowledge to know how to manage the information it gives. So, when they post a question such as the OP, it implies a certain level of experience. Obviously the first post wasn't correct in that assumption. "man" should be basic for someone asking about daemons, ports, and protocols.

    This is exactly why certain things in OS-X are hidden from the user. Even more so in Lion (which now hides ~/Library - and no, I'm not going to explain what the tilde means... ;) ).

    When an OP asks about something, those of us trying to help must make certain assumptions about the poster's experience. Sometimes we miss "high" - sometimes "low". Either case can be a source of annoyance to the OP - depending on their personality, of course.

    Windows has it's own set of esoterica. Perhaps, in some ways, OS-X has a larger set to the average user, since its underpinnings are rooted in an architecture which has a much older legacy than Windows. Those experienced with UNIX, or other 'nixes, aren't only experienced with OS-X. I suppose what I'm trying to say is the types of questions asked, such as the OP, can be answered by a much broader group than those who might only be proficient with just the GUI layer. Once you get to the 'nix level, there are inevitably going to be more assumptions of an OP's experience.

    I hope I've shed some light on the process, IMHO, one has to go through when helping a totally unknown person who've innocently dropped in out of the clear blue sky...
     
  15. rocksci macrumors newbie

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    This is a tough situation...

    I come in with a situation not that different from the OP.

    And, it just so happens, I came here as a result of a Google search on "configd."

    I work for a government agency who has outsourced its "office automation and network" services to a contractor. As a result, those of us doing the technical work using desktop systems are forced to put up with intrusive background programs performing patches and downloads, all the while tracking all our keystrokes, etc. Today I was trying to crank out some reports and my system's performance crawled to a near-stop.

    Anyway, I loaded the "Activity Monitor" application to see if these wonderful IT types were mucking with my system. I've been a Mac user since the first 128K Mac, so I do know some about the inner workings of Apple's systems, but not to the level of detail many of you clearly grasp. Sure enough, they were performing a back-up in the background. That's where I saw "configd." "Configd" was getting 58.5% of CPU (is that even important?). Regardless of whichever application was the culprit for my Mac's poor behavior, I still had work to do, and I couldn't quit out of a program I have no access to (they're running the back-up remotely). So, I logged-out and back in to kill their back-up. Then I came here to see what this "configd" was all about.

    I must admit, I felt a bit miffed at some of the responses the OP received. I do happen to understand "man files" (if that's what they're called), as I have used the terminal before and needed help, but I still didn't feel any more "helped-out" than the OP felt. I was looking for a friendly, understanding bunch who had felt my pain before and could give me a hand.

    So, who's the bad guy here? My answer is "no one," but patience and grace can go a long way towards making a noob feel wanted and helped. On the other hand, extending this hand of friendship and laying out enough of a story to bring an OP up to speed can get old real fast, especially when the information is available online, if it can be located and understood. I belong to the AVS forum for all things Home Theater, and new folks coming in with questions easily answered by a forum or web search, are oftentimes treated with much less patience than this thread's OP received.

    IMHO, the most expedient and helpful reply to the OP's query would have been to ask a question or two that would drill down to learning what he really needed. No assumptions and no long story either, just an attempt to understand. Of course, this is a whole lot easier for me given all the hindsight I've gained through reading the entire thread.

    My name is Steve, and this is my first post. You seem like a wonderful group of people and I hope to participate more. steve
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    So now that you've resurrected and responded to a 2 year old thread, what assistance are you looking for?
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I found it interesting.
     
  18. rocksci macrumors newbie

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    Satisfied

    None, now that I've read through all the replies.

    I just felt moved to add my 2 cents, that's all. I don't expect anyone to care all that much what I think, so I probably did it more for me than anyone else.

    steve
     

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