launchd in Depth
"When Apple decided to overhaul the 30 year old system for starting and maintaining processes on UNIX it had to think big. launchd can do the jobs of init, mach_init, xinetd, RC, SystemStarter, watchdog, and cron. It is Apple's stated intention that they want to eliminate all of those services in favor of launchd at some point in the future. There are two main programs in the launchd system, launchd and launchctl. Briefly:"
(Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 13, 2005 )
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