A process is sending some command to an uninstalled program every ten seconds

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QUESTION :

A while ago I installed Steam on my Mac… It was a failed attempt as my computer is way too slow to play Portal, so I uninstalled it using AppZapper (I believe). I was doing some computer maintenance and took a look through my logs; I noticed that every ten seconds in console I get this:

Sender[PID]

com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[90]

Message

(com.valvesoftware.steam.ipctool[nnn]) posix_spawn(“/Applications/Steam.app/Contents/MacOS/osx32/ipcserver”, …): No Such File or Directory

(com.valvesoftware.steam.ipctool[nnn]) Exited with Code: 1

(com.valvesoftware.steam.ipctool) Throttling Respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

Obviously, Steam is still sending some command, but it fails each time as the folder is not there. How can I find where this command is coming from, and how to delete whatever is causing it?

ANSWER :

You can check through this list of directories (see “man launchd.plist”):

 ~/Library/LaunchAgents         Per-user agents provided by the user.
 /Library/LaunchAgents          Per-user agents provided by the administrator.
 /Library/LaunchDaemons         System-wide daemons provided by the administrator.
 /System/Library/LaunchAgents   Per-user agents provided by Mac OS X.
 /System/Library/LaunchDaemons  System-wide daemons provided by Mac OS X.

You might find some files there related to your steam application. I hope this points you in the right direction. I don’t know off hand the correct/best way to fix the problem once you find the file(s).

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