Solution (almost certainly): postfix fails to launch at boot

Steven Smith steve.t.smith at
Tue Jan 14 13:51:29 UTC 2020

> Are you certain?

“Often wrong, never in doubt.”

Yes, I am certain:

> sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ 
> /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ Operation not permitted while System Integrity Protection is engaged

> On Jan 13, 2020, at 14:23, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
>> On Jan 11, 2020, at 12:32, Steven Smith wrote:
>> First, as Gerben points out, macOS‘s postfix launch daemon is in /System/Library, so you’d have to disable SIP to unload it, which at best is a major PITA, and realistically a non-option.
> Are you certain? Certainly modifying anything in /System would require disabling SIP, but we're not talking about modifying anything there; we're just talking about unloading a launchd plist. Whether or not a plist is loaded used to be recorded in the plist itself, but that hasn't been the case for many years; according to the launchctl(1) manpage, that state is now stored "elsewhere on-disk in a location that may not be directly manipulated by any process other than launchd."
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