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Lately my OS X 10.6.6 system exhibited some weird behaviours. I started snooping around and noticed that launchctl lists an entry for a non-existent user:

bash-3.2# launchctl list|grep launchd
1       -       0x101801c10.anonymous.launchd
57656   -       com.apple.launchd.peruser.504
-       0       com.apple.launchd.peruser.26
-       0       com.apple.launchd.peruser.4294967294  <-- this line
-       0       com.apple.launchd.peruser.27
58565   -       com.apple.launchd.peruser.503
62936   -       com.apple.launchd.peruser.0
466     -       com.apple.launchd.peruser.501
22417   -       com.apple.launchd.peruser.502
-       0       com.apple.launchd.peruser.212
1       -       0x101801950.anonymous.launchd
-       0       com.apple.launchd.peruser.70
-       0       com.apple.bsd.launchdadd

Does anyone know what this means?

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It's not non-existent, it's nobody:

id nobody
uid=4294967294(nobody) gid=4294967294(nobody) 
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And nobody is: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_(username) –  Scott Jan 18 '11 at 16:26
    
thank you very much –  Jamgold Jan 18 '11 at 16:38
    
@Jamgold Don't forget to accept this answer with a checkmark if it answers your question! –  NReilingh Jan 18 '11 at 21:53
    
@NReilingh Doah, I never noticed the checkmark and was always trying to click the useful arrow ... –  Jamgold Jan 20 '11 at 15:59

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