In computing, launchd, a unified, open-source service-management framework, starts, stops and manages daemons, applications, processes, and scripts in Apple OS X environments. Dave Zarzycki at Apple designed and wrote launchd; Apple introduced it with Mac OS X Tiger and licenses it under the Apache License.The launchd daemon essentially replaces: init rc init.d script rc.d script SystemStarter (OS X) inetd / xinetd crond / atd watchdogdApple Computer has stated that it intends to eliminate all of the aforementioned services in favor of launchd.For Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger) Apple moved most of the processes handled by the previously mentioned daemons to launchd.
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