Multiple notifications from macOS that "GPG Suite" added items that can run in the background

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24 Jan, 2023 02:37 PM

Which of our tools is giving you problems?

GPG Suite

Attach a screenshot of the version info for all installed components (how to:

Version Info macOS: 13.2,
GPG Suite: 2022.2
GPG Mail: -
GPG Keychain: 1.11
GPG Services: 2.5
MacGPG: 2.2.40
GPG Suite Preferences: 2.6.1
Libmacgpg: 1.5.1

Describe your problem. Add as much detail as possible.

  1. At login I get the message "GPG Suite" added items that can run in the background. You can manage this in Login Items Settings.
  2. I get the same message, when I open "Login Items Settings".

This appears to be an issue specific to MacOS 13 Ventura. However, not all background programs causes this issue. For example, I have a VPN client program that also runs in the background, but I never get notified about it. The message appears even if I disable GPG Suite from running in the background.

What did you expect instead

I expect to only get the notification "GPG Suite" added items that can run in the background. You can manage this in Login Items Settings, at install and updates.

Describe steps leading to the problem.

  1. Install GPG Suite
  2. Reboot

Are you using any other plugins?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 26 Jan, 2023 09:28 PM

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    Hi amwebdk,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry to hear you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    There was an issue under macOS 13.0.1 and 13.1. Apple should have addressed this issue with macOS 13.2.

    1. restart mac
    2. Are you running software like CleanMyMac?
      If so, please navigate to Extensions > Launch Agents and ensure that all entries with gpgtools in their name are enabled and show with a green dot.
    3. open System Settings > General > Login Items and check if the following items are enabled
    * fisGpgHome
    * GPG Suite
    * shutdown-gpg-agent


  2. 2 Posted by Chris on 01 Feb, 2023 07:10 AM

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    I happen to have the same behaviour. The items are enabled in step 3 on Steve's answer.
    in attachment a screencapte of 2 spam notification upon booting up and the settings.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 02 Feb, 2023 01:48 PM

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    Sadly this is a bug in macOS. Apple lists the following for the macOS 13.2 Ventura release notes:

    Fixed a regression in Ventura 13.1 that prevented daemons from being registered with SMAppService. Also fixed, toggling items on or off in Login Items may cause items to be ungrouped or deleted. (102938063)

    Apparently there are still issue remaining around their implementation.

    It would be great if all users affected by this could reach out to Apple via and let them know that there are still issues with login items, even after updating to macOS 13.2.


  4. 4 Posted by amwebdk on 13 Feb, 2023 04:24 PM

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    It appears that running sfltool resetbtm solves the issue.

    Note that this resets the background/startup item dataset. You need to restart the computer in order to rebuild the database. After which all background items will be enabled (you can still disable them). Regardless, I have not had the notification issues after this.

  5. Steve closed this discussion on 18 Feb, 2023 04:12 PM.

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