OSX Tips – Turn off Automatic Termination Daemon from the Command Line


The Automatic Termination Daemon is a feature of OSX Mountain Lion which is used to automatically terminate the execution of certain applications once their viewing window is closed. It’s debatable as to weather or not this feature is necessary, and if you want to turn it off to save some RAM you can do so with the following command in the terminal:

defaults write -g NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool YES

If you want to turn it back on again use this:

defaults write -g NSDisableAutomaticTermination -bool NO
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