Macos – QuickLookSatellite MAC OS, High CPU Use

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I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to the process QuickLookSatellite-general using 100+ CPU use. (Please see images attached.)

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On googling I found this process is associated with Draftsight, a CAD program. I do not and have never had this program installed.

Restarting does not even fix this problem. I am also worried about damaging my Macbook at such high CPU temperatures.

Any assistance is appreciated.

Best Answer

Troubleshooting steps:

  • See if there are any relevant log messages in or /var/log/system.log.
  • Use qlmanage -r to reset Quick Look client's generator cache.
  • Run sudo opensnoop -n QuickLookSatellite-general to see if the process hangs after accessing some specific files. Or select QuickLookSatellite-general in Activity Monitor, press command-I, and see the Open Files and Ports tab.
  • Temporarily delete Movie.qlgenerator, Audio.qlgenerator, or other qlgenerator bundles in /System/Library/QuickLook, and run qlmanage -r.
  • Temporarily remove applications shown by qlmanage -p | grep /Applications/.
  • Disable quicklookd with launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchAgents/*. The plists are loaded again after you log out and back in.

If nothing else works, you could try doing an upgrade install of OS X from the recovery partition.