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com.akamai.client.plist errors

So you use a Mac and you notice that you see lots of errors like this in the Console.app application:

10-12-20 2:43:38 PM    com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[242]  (com.akamai.client.plist[8486]) posix_spawn("/Applications/Akamai/loader.pl", ...): No such file or directory  
10-12-20 2:43:38 PM    com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[242]  (com.akamai.client.plist[8486]) Exited with exit code: 1  
10-12-20 2:43:38 PM    com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[242]  (com.akamai.client.plist) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds  

This happens every ten seconds and you may even notice some performance issues with your Mac because of this. Thanks to this post from Ignored By Dinosaurs, I was able to finally figure out the cause. This error shows up after you've deleted the Akamai download manager that Adobe forces you to use to download one of their products.

I have a different solution to getting rid of this error though, one that does not involve downloading the Akamai download manager again.

First, start the Terminal.app application (located in the /Applications/Utilities folder).

Next, in Terminal.app run this:

launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.akamai.client.plist  

That will stop the annoying com.akamai.client.plist job and unload it's launchd config.

Now let's remove the com.akamai.client.plist config completely so it doesn't start up again. From Terminal.app, run this:

rm -rf ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.akamai.client.plist  

Now, log out and back in again. You can verify the com.akamai.client.plist entry is not loaded by running this from Terminal.app:

launchctl list com.akamai.client.plist  

If it produces the launchctl list returned unknown response error, then you know it's gone.

Relief!

Christopher Horrell

Internet geek from Toronto, Technical Product Manager at Joyent, loves the web.

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