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macOS Command Line Operations

You must run all programs as a root user or with equivalent privileges.

Start or Stop PVS

Action Command to Manage PVS


# launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tenablesecurity.pvs-proxy.plist


# launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.tenablesecurity.pvs-proxy.plist

File Locations

PVS installs its files in the following locations:

Path Purpose


Base directory.


Contains the PVS license agreement in various file formats.


Location of the PVS and PVS Proxy executables, plus several helper tools for the PVS Proxy daemon.


Contains plugins, discovered vulnerabilities, log files, keys, and other miscellaneous items.


Contains the database files relating to the configuration, reports, and users for PVS.


Stores the PVS knowledge base, if used.


Contains PVS logs.


Contains the PVS plugins delivered via SecurityCenter, the PVS Feed, or updated via the command line or web interface if PVS is running in Offline mode.

Note: Do not change this path from the default /Library/PVS/var/pvs if SecurityCenter CV is being used to manage the plugins.


A file PVS uses to map service names to ports. This file may be edited by the user. Plugin updates do not overwrite modifications to the file.


Contains reports generated by PVS with the exception of .nsr. This folder contains the .nessus file generated by default.


Contains the files for the PVS Web server.


Contains SSL certificates used by the proxy and web server for the SSL connection between itself and SecurityCenter CV or the web browser.


Contains files and reports for PVS users.


Contains the files for the PVS web front-end.


Parent folder for files used/created by the PVS proxy.


Contains PVS proxy and PVS proxy service logs.


By default, PVS creates the .nsr file in the scans folder. The proxy is then responsible for handing the report to SecurityCenter CV when SecurityCenter CV attempts to pull it.

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