Questions about login and background processes

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02 Feb, 2023 06:11 PM

I was wondering if anyone might be able to tell me more about the following processes, and why they are running either at startup or in the background. I'm not worried or anything, just curious what exactly they do. Apologies if this is documented somewhere, but I did poke around a bit and could not find explicit answers.

My first question is about (1) GPG Mail I see this in my list of items that Open at Login. It's in the directory: /Library/Application Support/GPGTools. Oddly, I only see this on some systems running GPG Suite. It's absent on others.

The other two I'm wondering about are in: /usr/local/MacGPG2/libexec. These are (2) fixGpgHome and (3) shutdown-gpg-agent. I see them as Allowed to run in the Background. What exactly are these doing and why do they need to be running in the background?

I'm just doing some maintenance on a few machines and trying to figure out what these do, and if I need them running. Paid support plan. Running GPG Suite 2022.2 on macOS 13.2. Thank you for all your work on this software.



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  1. Overview of background tasks

    GPG Suite Updater

    Path /Library/Application Support/GPGTools/
    Location /Library/LaunchAgents/
    LaunchAgent plist org.gpgtools.updater.plist
    Required: No
    This launch agent is responsible for launching our update check app every 3 hours. The update check itself will only happen once a day.


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