How to Keep Applications Running in OS X

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Question:

Michael writes: I use a program called iRed to control my Mac with my iPhone. Occasionally, the program will crash and I’m looking for a way to monitor the application and restart it if necessary.

 

Answer:

The good news is that this functionality is already built in to OS X by way of launchd, the processes manager. The best way to manipulate launchd is via a third-party program, such as Lingon 3 ($2.99 from the Mac App Store).

Lingon Controls Launchd

Launch Lingon, click the New Job icon and give it a unique name. The choose the app you want to run and choose your options, such as “Keep running.” Alternatively you can schedule it to run at a specific interval or at certain times of day. That should keep iRed, or any other application on your Mac running as long as you choose.

This question was originally answered on MGG 364: Solving Network, Startup, iTunes & Keychain Problems

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