LaunchControl

Licence: Shareware (10 USD)
Version 1.16 | Release Date: 2014-10-06 | Download

New features

  • Added support for OSX Yosemite
  • Added View>Filter Palette (Cmd-Shift P)
  • Added tooltips for value column in expert view. (Thanks John!)
  • Added key LowPriorityBackgroundIO
  • Added key SessionCreate
  • Added key EnablePressureExit
  • Added Edit>Copy Job Definition as XML (Cmd-Shift C)
  • Added File>Save As… (Cmd-Shift S)

Bug fixes

  • Changes to KeepAlive/PathState would sometimes not stick
  • Renaming a label in KeepAlive/OtherJobsEnabled / KeepAlive/OtherJobActive could result in creating another entry in the respective section
  • Adding a label to KeepAlive/OtherJobsEnabled / KeepAlive/OtherJobActive would fail when OtherJobsEnabled was is disabled
  • Crash when resizing the warning column of KeepAlive/OtherJob(Enabled|Active)
  • Graphical glitch when changing the job label in KeepAlive/OtherJob(Enabled|Active)
  • Cmd-selecting a service now deselects it
  • Use proper key pictograms when referring to modifier keys in the help file (Thanks Tony!)

Changes

  • Moved Edit>Filter Job List to View menu
  • Changed hotkey for filtering jobs to Cmd-Shift J
  • LaunchControl>Hide Others now uses the standard hotkey Cmd-Opt H
  • Changed the Job>Start shortcut to Cmd-Shift T to avoid a conflict with the new File>Save As…
Version 1.15.3 | Release Date: 2014-10-04 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Only show "Did you already know…" dialogs if the suggested action has not yet been performed by the user (Thanks Cüneyt!)
  • Consider the default launchd paths when checking validity of a relative ProgramArguments key (Thanks George!)
Version 1.15.2 | Release Date: 2014-07-14 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Fixed another memory leak
  • Properly update Sockets view when changing SockFamily from IPv4/6 to Unix and vice versa
Version 1.15.1 | Release Date: 2014-05-27 | Download

Bug fix

  • Crash when switching to daemons (Thanks Thomas!)
Version 1.15 | Release Date: 2014-05-27 | Download

New features

  • Added support for new key LegacyTimers (introduced in OSX 10.9.2)
  • Added support for unofficial KeepAlive subkeys Crashed, OtherJobActive and AfterInitialDemand

Changes

  • Quit application when closing window (Thanks Fred!)
Version 1.14.2 | Release Date: 2014-05-13 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Expansion of cron-style time specifications for StartCalendarInterval did not work on OSX10.6
  • Memory leaks (Thanks Oliver!)
  • Reduced system load caused by periodically updating job status
Version 1.14.1 | Release Date: 2014-03-26 | Download

New feature

  • Warn about too large values in ExitTimeOut, StartInterval, ThrottleInterval and TimeOut

Fix

  • Problem entering values greater 9999 for ExitTimeOut, StartInterval, ThrottleInterval and TimeOut with specific locale settings
Version 1.14 | Release Date: 2014-03-10 | Download

New features

  • It is now possible to generate values for StartCalenderInterval by evaluating a cron-style time specification

Bug fixes

  • Enabling/disabling a job would only stick if the job definition was explicitly saved; This bug was introduced in version 1.13.1 (Thanks, Arie!)
Version 1.13.5 | Release Date: 2014-03-03 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Crash when clicking "Save" after switching from a modified job definition to a new one (Thanks, Arie!)
Version 1.13.3 | Release Date: 2014-02-24 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Verify keys of dictionary values case insensitive to avoid false warnings about use of undocumented keys
  • Problem with selection/insertion point position in Program/ProgramArguments editor (Thanks Chris!)
Version 1.13.2 | Release Date: 2014-02-17 | Download

New features

  • Remember "Show Tooltips" state across restarts.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts to switch between job categories. See menu View>Goto.

Changes

  • Improved performance. Scanning/validating 250 job definitions now takes about 1 second on a late 2011 17" MBP (compared to ~6 seconds in v1.13).
  • Optimized drawing code for improved responsiveness.
  • Saving a job definition will always replace any occurrence of "#Label#' with the current job label. Previously this would only happen right after creating an instance from a template.

Fixes

  • Disable save button in template save dialog when template name is empty.
Version 1.13 | Release Date: 2014-02-03 | Download

New features

  • QuickLaunch adds a small menu extra to your menu bar containing selected jobs and their respective status. It also allows for ad-hoc starting/stopping/loading/unloading of jobs. It runs independently from LaunchControl.
  • Added configuration option to synchronize job Label with job definition file name. Synchronization is triggered when a job definition is renamed and not when a job label is changed.
  • Added configuration option to specify a custom file name prefix (used when creating a new job)
  • Added configuration option to specify a default value for key Program (used when creating a new job)
  • Added support for dynamic templates. Read help file section 'Templates' for details.
  • Improved validation of ProgramArguments
  • Added support for key ProcessType, introduced in OSX Mavericks

Bug fixes

  • Helper would not be properly updated on OSX10.6 (Thanks again, Edouard!)
Version 1.12.1 | Release Date: 2014-01-28 | Download

New features

  • Added i386 support

Bug fixes

  • Native tooltips would show up along with custom tooltips (OSX10.6)
  • Display default Hard/SoftResourceLimits as placeholder for agents as well
  • Crash when selecting a daemon with Hard/SoftResourceLimits key on OSX 10.6 (Thank you, Edouard!)
Version 1.12 | Release Date: 2014-01-20 | Download

New features

  • Added support for OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Offer to reload a job after saving changes to a running/loaded job
  • Warn when specifying an IP address for Sockets/MulticastGroup w/o an explicit socket family
  • Warn when specifying an IPv4 address for Sockets/SockNodeName or Sockets/MulticastGroup when SockFamily is set to IPv6 (and vice versa)
  • Improved reporting of warnings/errors when loading a job
  • Report warning when agent has configured a privileged Socket/SockServiceName
  • Validate Socket/SockNodeName and Socket/SockMulticastGroup
  • Warn about invalid Nice values for LaunchAgents
  • Implemented custom tooltips to work around the ten-second time limit of standard OSX tooltips. This feature has to be explicitly enabled by clicking the 'Show Tooltips' button in the title bar or by pressing (Cmd-Shift ?)

Bug fixes

  • Verifying a job with multiple info sheets would make LC forget the previously selected sheet
  • Selecting a socket would mark the job as modified

Changes

  • Improved warning when referencing an unknown job in KeepAlive/OtherJobEnabled
  • improved speed of dulicate label detection
Version 1.11 | Release Date: 2013-12-18 | Download

New features

  • Suggest output redirection on job error
  • Inform about available output from stdout/stderr on job error
  • Continuous job validation

Bug fixes

  • Disable filters before creating a new job to avoid creating a seemingly invisible job
Version 1.10.4 | Release Date: 2013-12-02 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Problem when changing filter attributes saved in a previous session
  • Save exposed/hidden state of filter view
Version 1.10.3 | Release Date: 2013-11-26 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Proper error reporting when encountering jobs with invalid names
  • Fixed console warning about NSAlert being called from a background thread
Version 1.10.2 | Release Date: 2013-11-01 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Graphic glitches on Retina displays (Thanks Sven and David!)
  • Selecting "View>Toggle Filter" would not work (as opposed to selecting the filter button or pressing the keyboard shortcut) (Thanks David, again!)
Version 1.10.1 | Release Date: 2013-10-27 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Handle job definitions without a Label key and broken links to job definitions gracefully (Thanks Brian and Kem)
Version 1.10 | Release Date: 2013-09-24 | Download

New features

  • Improved validation of Soft/HardResourceLimits
  • Improved usability of Soft/HardResourceLimits: Entering a non-numberic character will set field to 'unlimited', default values are displayed in grey
  • Warn about incorrect input/output redirection
  • Improved Umask config section: Display new file/directory permission example
  • Improved Socket config section: Display socket permission example
  • Added a link to http://launchd.info (Help>A launchd Primer)

Bug fixes

  • Always scroll to first job when switching job types (Thanks, Cüneyt!)
Version 1.9 | Release Date: 2013-09-09 | Download

New features

  • Mark jobs with non-unique job labels as broken
  • Improved validation of KeepAlive:OtherJobsEnabled: Warn about jobs which have not been configured
  • Added stopping of jobs without unloading: Job>Stop (Cmd-Shift-S)

Bug fixes

  • Clear file specific warning panel when trashing a file
  • Loading/unloading and starting/stopping a job does not reset the fold state of configuration sections

Miscellaneous

  • Streamlined editing of EnvironmentVariables, KeepAlive, MachServices, QueueDirectories, Sockets, StartCalendarInterval and WatchPaths
Version 1.8.1 | Release Date: 2013-09-02 | Download

New features

  • The job name filter is now accessible via Cmd-F

Bug fixes

  • Update expert mode view when enabling/disabling a job
  • Corrected wording in menu for KeepAlive:OtherJobEnabled. This key checks if another job is loaded and does not care about its Disabled key.
  • Clearing the "Override Disabled Key" record would not update the display immediately
Version 1.8 | Release Date: 2013-08-26 | Download

New features

  • Added hot-fix button when key Label has invalid case
  • Warn about use of globbing symbols when EnableGlobbing has been disabled
  • Warn when StartInterval lower than ThrottleInterval
  • Warn when job has no valid run condition (when it can be loaded but never executed)
  • Warn about use of shell globbing symbols in EnvironmentVariables
  • Color coded Disabled Override in job list
  • Info panels can be disabled individually in the preferences

Bug fixes

  • Rare crash when editing in Expert Mode
  • Toggling 'EnableGlobbing' would not mark the job definition as modified
  • Switching between "Default argv[0]" and "Custom argv[0]" would not mark the job definition as modified
  • Suppress unnecessary log output
Version 1.7.1 | Release Date: 2013-08-19 | Download

New features

  • Quick creation of "Keep-this-app-running-no-matter-what"-Agents. Just drop an application on the LaunchControl icon (in Dock or in Finder) and the job will be created and loaded automatically.

Bug fixes

  • When selecting jobs containing the MachServices or Sockets key the display would always scroll to these keys.
  • Only explain problems related to the wellformedness of a job definition when the user selects it.
Version 1.7 | Release Date: 2013-08-05 | Download

New features

  • Added support for the launchd override db: Jobs w/ overridden Disabled key are marked, the Disabled key can be overridden and overrides of the Disabled key can be removed
  • The job status is now updated every five seconds.
  • Added preferences option to mark deprecated keys as warnings; default: off
Version Version 1.6.2 | Release Date: 2013-07-21 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Modifying the search string in a way that the currently selected job is not visible in the job list anymore would not update the selection marker in the job list
  • Wrong tooltip for LowPriorityIO (Thanks, James!)
  • Expanding/collapsing a section via click on the section title may be aborted by dragging the mouse cursor outside the title area; Changed orientation of the closed disclosure triangle
  • Dialogs now support standard key bindings for aborting an action (Cmd-., Esc)
  • Controls in expert mode editor would sometimes be displayed when no job has been selected (Thanks, Nicholas!)

Changes

  • Lighter shade of green for valid sections
Version 1.6.1 | Release Date: 2013-06-18 | Download

New features

  • Missing agent/daemon directory can now be created from within LaunchControl

Bug fixes

  • Random crash when requesting admin password while scanning job definitions (Thanks, Cüneyt!)
Version 1.6 | Release Date: 2013-06-14 | Download

New features

  • Check permissions of agent/daemon directories
  • Permission issues with job definition files or daemon/agent directories may now be fixed from within LaunchControl

Bug fixes

  • Small memory leak
  • Graphic glitch in the 'Trash job' button while no job is selected
  • Enabling/disabling a job definition having unsaved changes would revert those changes
Version 1.5 | Release Date: 2013-05-27 | Download

New features

  • Improved validation of RootDirectory
  • path validation/auto-completion now also works for inaccessible directories
  • added validation of EnvironmentVariables (warn about referencing of environment variables like PATH=$PATH:/new/path, warn about relative paths in *PATH variables)

Bug fixes

  • path validation/auto-completion now properly honors key RootDirectory
  • path validation/auto-completion now properly handles ignored keys (e.g RootDirectory key in an agent definition)

Miscellaneous

  • Turned some errors into warnings for clearer distinction: errors make it impossible for launchd(8) to run a job, while warnings may just lead to unexpected behavior)
Version 1.4 | Release Date: 2013-05-20 | Download

New features

  • Added job filter. User may now filter by job attributes: enabled/disabled, validation results (ok, warning, error), loaded/unloded and status (running, ok, error, signalled)
  • Added validation of job definition file properties (file name, owner, permissions, etc)
Version 1.3.1 | Release Date: 2013-05-13 | Download

Improved

  • When creating a new job definition the input focus is moved to the file name, allowing the user to immediately choose a proper name without having to do an extra double-click on the file name

Bug fixes

  • Crash on startup when current user id is associated with a primary group which has no name
  • When renaming a job definition would change its position in the job list, the selection would not be updated accordingly
Version 1.3 | Release Date: 2013-05-12 | Download

New features

  • Added button to trace StandardOutPath and StandardInPath in Console.app

Bug fixes

  • Moving a job definition to the trash could expose a graphic glitch displaying the deleted item twice
  • Adding/trashing a job definition would not always update the title bar

Misc

  • Improved validation of StandardErrorPath and StandardOutPath
  • Improved validation of ExitTimeout, StartInterval, ThrottleInterval and TimeOut
Version 1.2.1 | Release Date: 2013-04-12 | Download

New features

  • Improved validation for Hard/SoftResourceLimits

Bug fixes

  • Clear label input field and disable Load/Unload button after trashing job definition
  • Crash when parsing a job definition without Program and ProgramArguments key
  • Don't rescan every service after renaming a job definition
Version 1.2 | Release Date: 2013-04-04 | Download

New features

  • Added path auto-completion for Program, ProgramArguments, RootDirectory, WorkingDirectory, StandardIn/Out/ErrorPath, EnvironmentVariables, WatchPaths, QueueDirectories, Sockets and KeepAlive; Press Esc to trigger.
  • Added descriptions for all errno codes accessible as tooltip when hovering over the error code in the status column. No more guessing at “Job failed to exec(3) for weird reason: 2“ and friends.

Bug fixes

  • Prevent LaunchControl from using the discrete gfx card
  • Stability improvements
Version 1.1.1 | Release Date: 2013-02-25 | Download

Bug fix:

  • Automatic updating 'Default argv0' in Program section did not always work (Thanks Kem!)
Version 1.1 | Release Date: 2013-02-18 | Download

New features

  • Added support for OSX 10.7 Lion
  • Added log view to check for launchd(8) messages while testing/debugging a job
  • Added functionality to start a job regardless of its run conditions. Useful for testing/debugging jobs. Accessible via 'Jobs>Start' (Cmd-Shift S)
  • Added keyboard shortcut and menu item for loading/unloading jobs. Accessible via 'Jobs>Load' (Cmd-Shift L)
  • Added 'Job>Validate' (Cmd-Shift V); Validation is still automatically triggered when an action is performed inside LaunchControl. Use this command to re-validate a job after you've made changes to your system outside of LaunchControl.
  • Added 'Fold/Unfold All' (Cmd-Shift ,/Cmd-Shift .). Sections in folded state now provide more information. Clicking on a section header now toggles the folding state.
  • Improved status reporting
  • Improved validators for various keys
  • Updated help file

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a random crash that could happen when loading a modified service
  • Visual glitches when collapsing/expanding some panels
  • Modified jobs may now be unloaded without having to save the first
Version 1.0.2 | Release Date: 2013-02-08 | Download

New features

  • Added safety dialogs for all destructive actions (enable, disable, move to trash, save, rename); Each dialog may be suppressed
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for 'File>New' and 'File>Move to Trash'

Bug fixes

  • Mouse pointer was not always updated properly when dragging items from the palette
  • Error message about invalid key Label would stick
  • Removed unnecessary log messages
Version 1.0 | Release Date: 2013-02-05 | Download
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