A collection of commands that may be from a CLI Shell, or programming language such as AppleScript, which are executed in order with limited iteration, usually as a way of automating actions or events.

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How to parse output from a command in OS X Automator?

I have the following code in Automator but it fails to load the variable with the output from the command. for f in "$@" do output = hdiutil verify "$f" echo "$output" done I want to parse ...
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How to enable “Show message on Lock Screen” with Script

So, In Mavericks, you can set text to be displayed on the lock screen by checking the box: System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General > "Show a message when the screen is locked", then ...
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Run script before every Time Machine backup?

I would like to be able to run a bash script just before Time Machine runs, every time This script generates some content to be written on a file which needs to be backed up by TM. I have looked ...
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Run Script on Logout Without Use of Logout Hook

I've been looking into running a few cleanup commands when a user logs out, however the old logout hook feature, although still functioning, has been deprecated for some time now so may not be with us ...
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Delete a currently-open file directly in the application?

OS X's ability to rename or move a currently-open file right inside the application is really handy: To take it one step further, is there a trick to actually delete the current file inside the ...
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Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
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Prompting user for input on locking screen

I'm relatively new to OSX (running Mavericks), but my goal is to create a script that reminds me to take notes on the day's work. The script will ideally: run upon the user clicking 'Login window' ...
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Bash Script to Auto-Update (and reboot) all Updates to Mavericks & Yosemite?

I'm seeking a script that I can execute on a newly installed Mavericks or Yosemite computer, that will install all updates, rebooting as necessary and starting again automatically. For instance, I'd ...
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How to run a script on login whilst being hidden

I have an applescript (scpt) script that I would like to run on login of a user. I would like the script not be visible in the dock, menu bar, etc. (This would probably mean running it in the ...
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What is required to make a bookmark that creates calendar events from values on a web page?

So I have a page that has days and times on it, and I want to know how to make a script or bookmarked script that will find these values and put them into my calendar. Any idea?
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automator script for typesetting TeX can not run the TeX engine

In the script below instead of echo $filename I want to have xelatex $filename. However, if we do that the automator gives a running error without any description. Before I set the path I was ...
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Best practice for changing AD domains on MAC, Mountain Lion & Mavericks?

We are changing domain name in our company. I have over 3000 users, that are local and remote, I need to able to change their domain on 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) & 10.9.5 (Mavericks). I am hoping ...
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Extract lines from txt file and save as new txt

I have a xyz.txt file looking quite like this: 001this is line one 002this is line two 003and this is line three 004and so on Now I need all those lines as a single txt without the three digit ...
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Run script as root whenever any user logs in

What's the best way to run a script with root privileges whenever any user logs in? It should run in the background without prompting the user for a password.
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Can I control window size and position when opening files via script?

I have a script that opens three shortcuts to VNC locations that open in Screen Sharing.app. I would like to specify where the windows go, and their size, when these screenshares launch - one ...
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Why won't this script bind to my server?

I am trying to figure out why this script is not binding client computers to the OD server. It is a firstboot script that is part of a netrestore image that runs at login. It does seem to run ...
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Shell script help

I am new to writing shell scripts for Unix and need a little help. I am not sure why cURL now all of the sudden after running the script is downloading corrupts packages which cannot be mounted and ...
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Apple installer issue in terminal where -target keeps saying; error cannot find Volume

I am trying to use the Apple Installer commands to install a package and the output is that it was successful, however, the end result is that nothing actually happens meaning the package never gets ...
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Switching “TrackpadMomentumScroll” on and of using a script

I'd like to switch the accessibility preference "Scroll with inertia" on and off for a Magic trackpad. The preference can be found in the accessibility preferences/Mouse and Trackpad/Trackpad ...
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Why does this bash script not work as an automator service?

I know very little about bash scripting or Terminal commands, this is all very new to me so please bear with me. Original script I would like to use a script I found on littlefield.info as an ...
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I need a background process which redirects a link based on whether or not an external hard drive is connected

Basically I have two iTunes libraries. One is my complete iTunes library which I store on my external hard drive. The other is a smaller version that I keep locally. I want to have a symbolic link ...
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How to make certain keystoke in AppleScript?

I am trying to make a program that records a live stream for a certain amount of time and then saves it on my desktop. This is what I have so far. TWiT Live Recorder (30 sec version) tell ...
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How to iterate through multiple file extension without caring about case sensitivity?

I've seen various topics on how to iterate through multiple file extensions, but in most cases the list is defined. example: for file in ${arg}/**/*.{txt,h,py} do .... done As can be seen, ...
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How to run a script from Alfred or Spotlight or any run dialog?

Coming from Linux I am really missing the good old gmrun -- a run dialog which recognizes your $PATH and allows you to execute any script in it without needing to open up a terminal. It does the job ...
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Execute simple script

I wrote the following very simple script: route -n add 192.168.0.0/20 192.168.224.1 route -n delete 0.0.0.0 route -n add 0.0.0.0 172.20.10.1 And would like to just double click it and you ...
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Banning domains temporarily from local access

I need to control myself. So far, I was using a Windows device for work, where I would simply reroute Facebook, news sites and similar to 127.0.0.1. In near future, I will have to use the same device ...
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Exponential Slowdown of Applescript

So I've been working on a simple AppleScript to try to help with managing my e-mail in OS X's Mail, and I have it seemingly working just fine with one major problem; the performance of the script is ...
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Run script when I connect something to the line in port?

I'm connecting my phone to my mac via the line in port to listen to podcasts. I'm using the app LineIn to do this and I was wondering whether there was anyway I could have: My audio input be set to ...
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How do I get system_profiler output from a lot of machines in a network?

I need to have a script that will execute "system_profiler -detailLevel full" command in a remote mac machine. While this is going on, the user on the remote machine should not know that there is ...
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Automate mobile terminal?

I have a jailbroken iPhone. I use it to reboot my router when my wifi is going slow or messing up. But I'm lazy and I was looking for a way to automate the process. I use shortcuts that mobile ...
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AppleScript to find and delete a folder inside an FCPX library

I need to write or find a simple script to find, select and move to trash, folders within a Final Cut Pro X library. Because these libraries are bundles you can't search them in the normal way. What ...
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What is an alternative to a BAT file on Mac?

What is the alternate for BAT file (Windows) on Mac? Does different version of OS X have different format of BAT files? I am trying to create a BAT file on Mac which normally changes directory while ...
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Double click in AppleScript

How do you write the command to carry out a double click with a mouse at a specific location in AppleScript?
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Tagging/organizing based on keywords in content

I have a series of markdown files with YAML headers, let's call them A, B, C, D, and E. I need to organize them into "binders," where each binder is some subset of these, for example: Binder alpha ...
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Wiping all content under /Users but admin

We have hundreds of computers with LDAP setup and when students login their profiles remain for life. IS there an easy script or something that could be run to clean out the entire /Users directory ...
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Need Apple Script to redirect work mail - Mail rules don't work

I have to use MS Exchange at work for email, so I have Outlook and Apple Mail set up. I want to use Gmail but POP is disabled for us, so I can't just pop it to gmail. So, I tried setting up a rule in ...
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Shell scripting: Why does only the “-” hyphen throw an error?

Goal: Cleaning up Selectively truncate filenames in my nvALT notes folder. I tried using a productivity blogger's suggestion (which eludes me after a thorough search) to prepend ^ > - + to ...
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Shell scripting: Select folder based on part of file name

My project I'm creating a bash shell script to execute from the Terminal. Its purpose is to archive lots and lots of project folders. Each folder follows a prescribed nomenclature: [YYYY.MM.DD] - ...
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How run a .py (python?)-script in Xcode?

Hi I got the complete code, but I don't know how to run the script. The script is some plot of a function, can one run the script so that the plot is shown in xcode?
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Add and remove multiple tags at once from a file or a folder

Using OS X Mavericks I want to add multiple tags at once to a file or a folder and I also want to remove multiple tags at once. There are different ways to add tags to a file, one of them would be to ...
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Invalid Argument using ditto

I'm using a backup script on my server that uses ditto and I keep getting the following error: ditto: /Volumes/BKP/Daily_bkp.051114/VM Share/Machine/Backups/backup_copies.cmd: Invalid argument This ...
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How does this complex BASH shell script work?

Apple Support Community member Linc Davis developed this command to aide in diagnosing issues. The output gives a general overview of one's system and is very similar to the program etrecheck. But, it ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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Script / Automator for conversion of Apple Works docs to .odt docs

With about 2500 AppleWorks docs, dating back to 1995, which I cannot open in the newly purchased Apple Pages ( but with LibreOffice), I need a script or some other automation to do it. (Most of the AW ...
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need to script connection to telnet and send commands to remote device with no user input

Ok I need some help making a script that will connect to a server and send 2 commands Ideally I would have telnet 192.168.2.230 9993 and once it logs in (no user name or password required - the ...
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Script to check Software Version

Hi i'm tryin to write a script to check software version. I want to pass my own variables, which are name of the Application and Version. Here's a copy. It's not working for me currently... i'm a ...
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How can I run a application in Automator?

I want to run an application in Automator but there is no run program. Operating system and stuff: OS X Lion 10.7.5 Automator 2.2.4 Memory: 3GB
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AppleScript To Manipulate VLC

I want to do a script, that it can launch VLC player, and in VLC player "Open a file", then "Select a folder", then click on "add" then "play" it. I think that Automator can't do this. But ...
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Bash script to run command with prompt for input

How can I create a script using the following command? mmap -sn -n x.x.x.x/8, /16, /24 and so on. I would like the script to run the command when I type in "sweep" and then prompt me for the subnet ...
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How can I tell programmatically whether a process is in app-nap?

I'm looking for a script, built-in shell command, or program (with sources) that can tell me whether a process is in App-nap mode or not. I want to use it in automated testing, for profiling and to ...