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I remember sometime ago, I uninstall an application called starfield, but probably I didn't do a clean uninstall. Now in Console, I always see a annoying message:

com.apple.launchd[1] (com.starfield.backupservice[4441]) Exited with exit code: 1
com.apple.launchd[1] (com.starfield.backupservice) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
com.apple.launchd[1] (com.starfield.backupservice[4442])
posix_spawn("/Applications/Starfield/BackupService/offSyncService", ...): No such file or directory

I know it could be something wrong with my installation, how can I do a clean uninstall now, or just fix this issue, I don't want to see this message from my console any more. Thanks.

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Superuser.com ? –  gbn Dec 29 '10 at 8:50

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Unloading from launchd by running the following in Terminal:

sudo launchctl unload -w com.starfield.backupservice

Removing the configuration file:

Look in /System/Library/LaunchAgents/, /System/Library/LaunchDemons/, /Library/LaunchAgents/, /Library/LaunchDemons/ and ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ for a file by the name com.starfield.backupservice.plist and delete it.

Perform one or both of these steps.

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AIUI, the "com.apple.launchd[1]" in the log indicates it's the system instance of launchd trying to start it, so it's a LaunchDaemon (not an Agent), so you need to use sudo launchctl unload -w com.starfield.backupservice to disable it. Also, if you remove the config file without unloading it first, it'll actually keep trying to run until next reboot; so I'd recommend doing both steps. –  Gordon Davisson Dec 29 '10 at 16:54
    
@Gordon You're right of course, otherwise it's a line containing the user ID (e.g. 501). –  Daniel Beck Dec 29 '10 at 17:33

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