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Startup programs/services on Mac OS 10.5

UPDATE: This page has a better tutorial which I have adapted in this post.

From this page []:
  1. Startup commands are found under /Library/StartupItems/
  2. Each application has its own folder
  3. The folder has:
    XXX - A startup shell script
    StartupParameters.plist - A message and information file
    Resources - A folder with translations for strings etc.
  4. XXX is a shell script with root ownership e.g.:
    . /etc/rc.common
    ConsoleMessage "Starting RRiki"
    cd /path/to/rriki/
    rrikiserver &
  5. StartupParameters.plist is a text file with some info:
    Description = "RRiki server";
    Provides = ("RRiki");
    Requires = ("MySQL");
    Uses = ("Ruby");
    OrderPreference = "Last"; (can be Late,Last,None)
    Messages =
    start = "Starting RRiki server";
    stop = "Stopping RRiki server";

  6. sudo /sbin/service
    is the commandline way of manipulating services.


  1. hi. Do startupitems still work in OS X 10.5.7?

    I am having trouble in OS X 10.5.7 and can't seem to get one to actually work.


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