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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Easiest way to get path of currently-opened file in Adobe Acrobat?

When viewing a file in Adobe Acrobat Pro XI on OSX Yosemite, I sometimes want to send the file to another application. To create an action in KeyboardMaestro, I need to get the path of the ...
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Live Photos Metadata

I've been trying to transition from Apple Photos to a plain folder tree (and then use dropbox). For this to be useful, one needs a good naming scheme. I did a bit of googling and using Hazel seems ...
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Backing up data

I have a script that used to run daily that looked like the following to backup my mac. Backup script pastebin As you see here, this script is TERRIBLE because it deletes everything in the folder ...
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How to run a shell script from an AppleScript?

I am using a Mac running OSX Yosemite v.10.10.5. When I try to run my shell script from my AppleScript, I get the following error message: Error message at AppleScript Script Editor error "sh: ...
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How create an identical timestamp format as used in ppp.log file in a shell script?

In the need to add custom logging messages to ppp.log, I see that the date and time are missing when outputting the command to >> /var/log/ppp.log. Other pppd related messages in ppp.log are ...
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AppleScript Remove Safari Cache but keep cookie and history

I want to get rid of Safari cache and website data but keep cookies and history. The script will be added to my computer startup script for optimizing the system performance. I was considering this ...
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Is there a `watch` command native to Darwin/OS X?

I have a script that I'm trying to port from Linux to Darwin/OS X. The Linux version currently depends on the watch command, which doesn't appear to be installed on Darwin/OS X by default. What's the ...
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Clean shutdown/restart from terminal in 10.7+

I have a headless system that is controlled remotely that I need to shutdown/restart in an automated way (without the use of VNC or local keyboard/mouse). Using various commands via SSH or via my ...
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Need my automator script to display the regular shutdown prompt before shutting down

I'm using the script below to trigger a shutdown but I would like it to give me the normal warning menu with the 60 sec. countdown, I can't figure out the warning menu. tell application "finder" to ...
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How to write a script that runs whenever a new file is added to a specific directory?

I've never written a script for OS X, and I don't really know which scripting tool i'll use for this task. Here's a pseudo code for the script I want to build : whenever a new file X is added to ...
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How to create an Automator service to run a script on all files in a folder

I want to create a service using Automator to run a shell script on all files in a folder, say delete all log files. What I have done is Created a new service in automator. Added a "Run Shell ...
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Problem with scripted account deletion syntax

I'm working on an account cleanup script module that can handle the hidden and unhidden accounts we're creating in bulk on new MacOS systems. We've kept the logic simple to start. However I keep ...
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Problems reconnecting to WiFi if connection is lost

In the area where I live there are frequent power outages for a few seconds. I am connected via a router, which (of course) restarts each time. Unfortunately my Mac (2011 MB Pro) does not ...
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Dtrace script newproc.d stopped working after upgrade, because of missing proc:::exec-success probe

I'm trying to run: $ sudo /usr/bin/newproc.d which suppose to snoop new processes as they are executed, but it fails with the error: dtrace: failed to compile script /usr/bin/newproc.d: line ...
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Can a script-based Service be used to invoke speech output of selected text using VoiceOver?

The usual text-to-speech feature doesn't work with the user-customized pronunciation from the VoiceOver settings. Could this shortcoming be worked around using a script and Service via Automator?
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Error in dtrace script that print process cmdline + parent name.

I'd like to have dtrace script that for every new process, print it's commandline + it's parent process name. here's my script : #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s proc:::exec { self->pexecname = ...
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osascript dialog box is blocking.

I'm using osascript to display dialog box from bash script, but it's blocking the script, until i press the 'ok' button. I wonder if there's a way to make this display window asynchronous. osascript ...
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AppleScript: Display alert or restart when application terminates/crashes?

I rely on Dropbox for syncing work files between two computes that are powered on 24/7. For some reason, Dropbox terminates (crashes or quits) after long periods of time, with no explanation. I just ...
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How to create a service that puts selected text into quotation marks?

I'd like to create a service that puts any text I select in TextEdit or web page text editors into quotation marks. I understand Automator is the tool to use, but how do I create this action using ...
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OSX - Button spam help?

I want to be able to spam the jump button without having to hit the space bar multiple times, and I have a line of code but I'm not too sure what it is doing. tell application "System Events" ...
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Applescript claims to run shell script, but script has no effect [duplicate]

So I have a bash script like this: #!/bin/sh FILE='some_file.js' gsed -i -E 's/something/somethingelse/' "$FILE" echo "Modified File" When I run this from command line, it echoes the last line, so ...
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Mass Change Security to Mac App only option

looking to see if others have created a successful way in using ARD to deploy a script to change the security settings from Mac App & Identified developers to Mac App store only. OSX - 10.9.5 ...
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Executing executable file by means of script file

For executing file in linux terminal we run something like this: ./sflm -start Now, if i want this procedure is done by executing a script file what should i do ? I want to for example run this ...
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Change font of Terminal programmatically w/o restarting

At home I've got a nice big display that unfortunately does not have the same resolution as my retina macbook does. I'd like to use a pixel-font on the low-res screen and a nice smooth one on the ...
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Run Script at Shutdown

Is no way to run a shell script immediately before system is switched off? What I found via google was just to use rc.local.shutdown or so, but it seems that this function was kicked out on previous ...
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OSX handling of USB Drives and Permissions - need clarification/explanation

I'm new to the site, and well, new to MACs. I have an image (dual boot yosemite and win7) on some old iMACs, late 2009s. When I deploy this image, sometimes my bootmenu disappears and I have to ...
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What is the crlcache keychain and why do I have so many of them?

I run the keychain command-line app that allows me to fast-sleep my Mac or quickly lock a keychain. However, it seems to think that I have many crlcache keychains: When I search for crlcache on my ...
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Setting anacron on Mac - Shell Scripting

I set cron to run script every day using env EDITOR=nano crontab -e where I wrote something like this @daily path/to/sript.script. Now I want to use anacron to be sure that script is going to be run ...
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Packet sending script, iOS 9.1

I have an app which sends specific packets to a server every time I press a particular button on the app, the problem is that I need to press it every 30 seconds during a few hours and it's annoying. ...
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How to trigger a bash script from right click in Safari on a particular URL?

is it possible when I'm in Safari and have link (URL) to trigger a bach script with an right mouse option? The bach script should be run with this format: bash scriptname.sh -parameter -parameter ...
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Duplicate calendar events in Outlook 2011

Does someone have a script to merge or delete Outlook 2011 duplicate calendar entries?
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Scripted SFTP command line file transfer Mac OS X

I'm working with someone who's been doing simulations on various computers and FTPing the results to a website using a script and the basic mac ftp command basically something like (this is not exact ...
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How to hide Terminal Window when a script is running

I've built a script that sits in the users login items that runs each time a user logs in but I want to prevent the terminal window or terminal application from popping up. I don't mind the app icon ...
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Passing arguments to 'Run Shell Script' in Automator

I want to make an Automator workflow to run a shell command. For example, I want to receive text input from the user and treat that input as a shell command instead of text. If has tried pass argument ...
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Extracting latency value from output of ping

I am trying to pull a latency value from a ping with the following command: ping -c 1 206.190.36.45 | awk -F" |=" '/time/{print $10"ms YH"}' But I want to remove the digits after the . So instead ...
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AppleScript to automatically update IP-adress in Remote Desktop (ARD) on computers with DDNS

I've been searching for hours but couldn't find an answer yet hence my question here. I frequently use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) and I have setup a DDNS for every computer. The only problem I have ...
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Disable iTunes using a Script?

There's a much despised bug in OS X wherein iTunes unexpectedly opens and in some cases, starts playing music, a podcast, or whatever the user was listening to last. The bug can be triggered in a ...
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Execute macros or scripts based on Magic Trackpad 2 Force Touch

I’m looking at getting a Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch, but want to know if I can create macros for the Force Touch actions? I’m not taking about the the built in basic Apple support, but full on ...
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Retrieving the “Version” attribute of an OSX Application file via Bash

I was initially attempting to do this in Java using the UserDefinedFileAttributeView class but it turns out that is only available on Windows computers (This is being run on OSX) So I switched gears ...
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Combine files by name and zip

How can I automatically ZIP files with same file names (different extensions) into one ZIP? For example I have four files king.jpg king.txt queen.jpg queen.txt which would led to king.zip ...
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How can I get the window bounds for “Adobe Illustrator” in AppleScript?

Apparently, Adobe doesn't have a single mechanism in place for people using a laptop and additional monitors with their products. As an Adobe CC user who primarily works from a laptop that connects to ...
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How can I import a text file of emails into Mail?

I have thousands of emails from the nineties that were exported as a text file that I'd like to import into Mail. I'm looking for a way to do that directly or indirectly. I'm assuming it will require ...
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How to get user GUI input from BASH scripts?

From a BASH script I want to get user input and change system settings, in a loop. I first tried cocoaDialog but that has a fatal flaw: the dialogs are always on top of other windows. Ideally, I ...
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Shell script failing in Automator but works if I copy/paste into Terminal

Workflow I'm trying to achieve: Export SVG file from Adobe Illustrator to Desktop Drag SVG file from Desktop onto Automator Droplet Automator runs script (basic summary below) Script executes and ...
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How can I run an unsigned script in Automator

I can run the well-respected perl script exiftool from the command line in Terminal and achieve the desired result, but when I incorporate it in Automator as a Service I get a generic error message ...
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Encrypt password on disk for scripting

In the Microsoft Windows platform, there is a service called the Data Protection API (DPAPI), which allows developers to easily encrypt and decrypt values using a simple set of APIs. The encryption ...
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Disable sync services on battery

How to automatically disable sync services like Dropbox, Box, Eye-fi Helper, and Crashplan when I'm on battery power and re-enable it when I'm plugged back in? I've noticed my battery drains a lot ...
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Launch different apps based on file name (other than the extension)?

I'd like to have different apps handle .jpg files based on a naming convention I'll use for the .jpg files. Specifically most will go to Xee, but ones containing thumb should instead cause VLC to be ...
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How to run unix script in login screen before user logs in?

I would like to have unix script run when the login screen appears when booting. It should run immediately and not when user enters username and password and logs in. Is there any way to accomplish ...
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Using Tag how do I cut and parse file paths into tags

I'm using Tag and Hazel and I'd like to recursively go through files on our server, obtain their file paths and filenames and parse the whole thing into tags to apply to the file. Is there a shell ...