3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 3:30 PM by Flummuxed
Noah Wallach Level 2 (290 points)

LaunchCFMApp process is hogging CPU and I can see the process take a CPU to 100%.  How can I figure out why this process is running so hot and how can I reduce its need to hog the CPU?



  • John Galt Level 8 (44,625 points)

    The process is caused by an old PPC program that is not fully compatible with an Intel CPU. The process itself is not the problem; it's the PPC program that is. Find out what old PowerPC program you are running and kill it. Does that help?


    My best guess is that it's a MS Office program like Word or Excel, perhaps Photoshop, perhaps something else in your login or startup items.

  • X423424X Level 6 (14,215 points)

    Launch terminal (in Utilities).  And copy/paste the following line.


    ps axww | grep -i LaunchCFMApp


    The output should show you what LaunchCFMApp is trying to launch.

  • Flummuxed Level 1 (0 points)

    Nice answer, thanks.   To add that if the thing it's trying to launch looks safe to kill ( mine was something like Microsoft office 2004 Database blah blah old thingy I surely dont want ) then you can kill it by taking the number in the first column of output and doing this

    ( suppose the output was this

    32111   ??  R    174:01.73 /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Support/LaunchCFMApp /Applications/MicroCrap/Microsoft Office 2004/Office/Microsoft Database Daemon

    39877 s001  S+     0:00.00 grep -i launchcfmapp


    then you do this in terminal to kill it


    sudo kill 32111