Uninstall Akamai Download Manager and com.akamai.client.plist
If you’ve downloaded something from Adobe recently you may have unintentionally installed Akamai Download Manager. Akamai is a helpful content delivery network (at least for the web), but for whatever reason the Akamai Download Manager that is used and packaged with Adobe software often goes haywire on a Mac with usage spikes and random internet connection attempts that can really slow things down.
You can typically identify this by looking in the Console log for things like:
9/30/10 6:24:03 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
9/30/10 6:24:13 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist12013) Bug: launchd_core_logic.c:4103 (23932):13
9/30/10 6:24:13 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist12013) posix_spawn("/Applications/Akamai/loader.pl", ...): No such file or directory
9/30/10 6:24:13 AM com.apple.launchd.peruser.50186 (com.akamai.client.plist12013) Exited with exit code: 1
The simplest way to stop Akamai Download Manager and anything labeled as ‘com.akamai.client.plist’ in your Console logs is to remove the plist file and application. The application can be installed in different places, so try running this command in the Terminal first:
/Applications/Akamai/admintool uninstall -force
Hopefully this will uninstall everything. If that doesn’t work, get rid of the plist files and applications yourself. The plist file is located at:
and the application is usually located at:
/Applications/Akamai Download Manager
I deleted both of these and haven’t had any problems since. Remember, if you just delete the Akamai Download Manager application, you did not remove the plist file and it will probably still load and give you headaches.
If you’re hesitant to delete the files, you can also just prevent the plist file from loading on your Mac by entering the following into the command line:
launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.akamai.client.plist
I don’t know about anyone else but I’m always annoyed when I want to install one application and 15 additional packages come with it, which then go haywire. I remember the good old days when you’d install one application, and you’d only get one application. Adobe has become a repeat offender with installing random nonsense along with their products lately and it’s quite frustrating, I hope they adjust this policy soon.