I am loading a c binary using launchd service. It should be relaoded every time when system restarts. Below is my plist file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">

Some times, it is exiting with 78 exit code.

launchctl list | grep example
-   78  com.example

I am unable to find root cause for this. As this happens once in hundred times. To resolve this i am unloading and loading this service. I wanted it to automatically unload and load whenever it exits with 78 status.

Any help is highly appreciable

Thanks in Adavance

1 Answer 1


I know it is an old article, but I had the same problem and could solve it by writing a python script which grep the 78 and call a system command e.g. shell script to unload and load the service. And put this script in crontab



export PATH=(your_$PATH)

    erg = `launchctl list | grep example | grep 78`
    if [ $erg = '78']
        launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDeamons/example.plist
        launchctl load /Library/LaunchDeamons/example.plist
        # perhaps also
        launchctl start example

And if that script will be executed correctly on the shell then put it into the crontab.

example cron entry:

* * * * * reload_example.sh (watch out for access rights and the new shitty security options)

Perhaps it is a usefull hint.

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