Launching OSX apps without logging in

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
We're running a macOSX Filemaker pro 5.5 application on out little iMac that is also server for a FM database. However, since we don't have the "filemaker 5.5 pro server" version we're using the ordinary sharing mechanisms, which demand that you log in to doubleclick the filemaker file that you want to launch.

This is a pain since it means that logging out disconnects all clients. So the machine can be used by only ONE user, namely the FM server user who launches the file... We'd like to be able to log out to check mail on another account without having to disconnect filemaker...

the same holds for a test setup with carracho.

Is there any way to force OSX to launch an app/file without loging in ?

thanks !


  • Reply 1 of 6
    could you ssh into the box and launch the app that way?
  • Reply 2 of 6

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  • Reply 3 of 6
    Yes there is. Unfortunatly, I'm not the person to help you. Find a Unix Guru that you trust, and have him/her write a script that will run filemaker as a root application at start up.

    The reason I know that it is possible is because I read a thread on another site about it. (Sorry, I don't kow which site it was. I tried to find it but can't. if I do I'll post it).

    I also have done something simulare on my OS X system. I use a script to run [email protected] at start up under root. It runs no matter who is logged in, and from my understanding because of the way the script was set up it runs even if noone is logged in. That way if the system is rebooted because of a freeze or power failure it starts automatically even if nobody logs in.

    Wish I was able to help you out more.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Could you post some more details about your [email protected] script?
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Like I said, I'm not the one to ask... but I can give you the link to the thread with the directions for the [email protected] setup. I didn't write it so I won't be of much help beyond this point (I just followed directions, crossed my fingers, and prayed.) However, it might give You or a unix savy friend a really good starting point for doing the same thing for FileMaker. You can find the thread in MacAddict' s Forum at the following link:

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    I really wish I could be of more help, but like most of us I've been lost since they introduced OS X. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 6 of 6

    Just in case you have no experience with the terminal application (which you will need) and want to try to do it yourself, MacInstruct has a great little application for learning the basics at the following link:

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    Once again, I hope this helps and you're can get it to work!
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