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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Startup Script Removal

Is there a good way to remove a script that was set to run at startup on a 10.10.5 macbook, that fails and never runs to completion? If the Script could complete normally it would remove itself, ...
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How to determine public temp directory on OS X to be write-accessible by www server?

I've MAMP running httpd server as _www and I'd like to assign the temporary directory as part of the shell script (bash). I've tried to use $TMPDIR as per these posts: How do I find the 'temp' ...
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How to evaluate the state of the OS X Server.app from a shell script?

I need to evaluate if the OS X Server.app has been installed and if it has been started or not. This I need to do from within a shell script. I could check for existing folder names, but I would ...
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Configure the OS X Server from .pkg postinstall script

I make a .pkg-installer for a product that extends the Apache server in OS X. From the postinstall script in the .pkg I'm currently able to configure the default setup of Yosemite and El Capitan, by ...
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Get latest Time Machine backup when backup disk is unplugged

I know i can get the time stamp of the latest Time Machine backup with the command tmutil latestbackup | grep -E -o "[0-9\-]+$" but this only works when my backup disk is plugged in. If not, i get the ...
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Detect mouse move or keystroke

Is it possible to make a program execute when the mouse is moved or any key is pressed?
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Automate Yosemite Upgrade

I want to be able to launch the Yosemite Installer app from the Applications folder and install the upgrade with commands. When I look inside the InstallESD.img there are many PKG files, I am unsure ...
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Auto-updating Homebrew

i'm currently using the Homebrew package manager and my question is: is possibile to write a bash's script in order to execute brew update and eventually brew upgrade whenever opening a shell for the ...
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AppleScript to export script editor script as application

I have a binary that I want wrapped up as an Application, so I thought this was a good use case for AppleScript. I want to automate how Script Editor lets you export an AppleScript as a .app bundle. ...
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How to send emails programmatically using scripting bridge if sandboxing is enabled

How to send emails using mail scripting bridge after enabling sandboxing. I am able to send mail before enabling sandboxing but failing after enabling it. As per my understanding, user permission is ...
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Have URL scheme handled by shell (or other) script

I want to create a custom URL scheme, say x-camptown-races-sing-this-song-doo-dah-doo-dah, such that when I open a URL such as x-camptown-races-sing-this-song-doo-dah-doo-dah:foobar, it gets handled ...
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Running a script as root and presenting a GUI to logging in users

I am having a programming decision problem and hope, that you can show me a solution or tell me, if my plan on how to solve the problem would be okay or not. I am managing some macs and want to run ...
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Is there a way to see the automator script in text?

If i create some type of workflow on Automator, can I see the script in plain text? For example, maybe get the script and push it out through Apple Remote Desktop to a remote computer?
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Enable remote management remotely on a mac

I am trying to use remote desktop to send a script to all Macs on my network that creates an additional admin account and hides it. I am trying to do this using Apple Remote Desktop. However most of ...
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Make script run without interrupting GUI experience

I have an AppleScript that automatically opens SelfControl.app to help avoid distractions when I want to be working. The script is very similar to automate an Internet content filter, and it is ...
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Why does this cause Mac OSX to print over SSH?

While screwing around and breaking things I came across these stupid commands (if executed in order it causes what I got): cd / && cat vmlinuz cd /boot/ && cat init* It causes ...
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Copying AFP Path with Automator

I'm updating a Service I created in Automator a few years ago that copies a file path with a certain format in order to be clickable in "Messages". The problem now is that it doesn't work with new ...
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Send Command to Add remote users through ARD

so I'm trying to create an extra admin account on all Macs on the network. There are quite a few so I'm trying to do it through Apple Remote Desktop. Do you guys know how to do this? This is all I ...
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Script to organize photos

I have a bunch of photos in different folders and I would like to organize them into a single directory structure. Many of the photos are duplicated. I would like to organize them into year/month ...
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Add admin account remotely

So I need to add an admin account to multiple macs remotely. All of these macs already have an admin account (so we want to add an additional admin account) and they are bound to AD (worth mentioning ...
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Conditional lsof loop in bash script

I found this example of a conditional lsof loop and want to adapt it to my situation. typeset fSrc="/path/to/sourcedir" typeset fTgt="/path/to/targetdir" while : ; do ls /path/to/sourcedir | ...
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Bash script with lock folder problems for large files

My script is: #!/bin/bash # Path to a lock folder LOCK_PATH="/Volumes/PROOFS_WATCH/copy.lock" trap 'rmdir "$LOCK_PATH"; exit' 1 6 15 if mkdir "$LOCK_PATH"; then echo "Lock file did not ...
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Bash script - Delay cp command until after file write is complete

cp /Folder1/*.mov /Folder2/ cp /Folder1/*.mov /Folder3 rm /Folder1/*.mov This runs every 60 seconds using Chron that copies any *.mov file from one folder to 2 other folders and then removes the ...
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osx automation using spaces

My ultimate goal is to write an automation script that will collect all the open safari windows in a specific space and spit out the URLs. Can spaces be addressed using scripting?
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Running shell scripts in single-user mode

I'm planning on running a couple of scripts in single-user mode to speed up (and simplify for less savvy users than myself) the configuring of a few aspects of some Macs that I set up for other ...
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How can I detect an incoming call on Yosemite

I'd like to detect an incoming Facetime call and run certain scripts as a result. I'd like to achieve something similar to when iTunes pauses when there is an incoming call, but I would run my own ...
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Script iPhone notifications

How can I create notifications on a jailbroken iPhone? I'm hoping for something similar to growlnotify on OS X which lets me send a notification from a shell.
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Convert .docx to .epub with apple pages using command line

Pages has an File > Export To > ePub... option that I'm using to manually convert a Word document (which Pages can open directly) to ePub format. I'm basically looking for the equivalent of: ...
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How to re-span a cron-like launchd script in case of script error?

I have a cron-like launchd script (StartCalendarInterval) that does a backup of some website data once per day: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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View output from script running in background

While messing around with some Ruby programming (Using OS X 10.9.x), i have constructed a script which is forked to the background, and constitutes a loop which only exits after another process is ...
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OS X - 'Clickable' script to erase files?

I use Latex to write my documents. Latex creates MANY auxiliary files to compile a document. I often times want to clean my working directory. When I was working on Windows, I used to keep a .bat ...
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AppleScript - GUI Scripting and setting checkbox, radio button and field values

I'm working on an GUI scripting AppleScript that will, for the open FileMaker Pro Advanced document, go to the File menu and select the File Options dialog box, then set some checkbox/radio button and ...
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Script - Audio Files - Find, Count and Sort by type

I have a very large audio collection I have to sort. It's a mixture of M4A, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and MP3. It's the result of years of work by a now deceased person who sat in their garage ripping their own ...
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How Can I Convert A .TXT File To A .CSV File Without Losing Any Of The Content Of That Document?

I've been trying for about 4 days now to complete the seemingly simple activity of converting an OS X keychain text dump to a correctly formatted .csv with no progress, much less success. I posted a ...
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Organizing TV Show with automator & tvnamer

Previously I used Hazel (http://www.noodlesoft.com/hazel.php) and tvnamer (https://github.com/dbr/tvnamer/) to sort and rename my TV Shows Collection. I'm trying to simplify the process by using ...
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Silent installer for remote machines

I am trying to create a script to install logmein silently (or in the background) with out enduser input. I have the process to download the zip and create an admin user (for later login) however I ...
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Display dialog with current iTunes album cover

I would like to display with AppleScript a dialog that shows my current title, artist and album. In addiction to that the icon of the dialog should be the album cover of the current album. Is that ...
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Text-to-speech with 2 languages

I am studying French and to practice my pronunciation and to learn the words, I want to have my mac speak the words out loud. My mac should say the word in English, and after that, he should say the ...
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Reset dock icons while log off

I have an iMac for public use, I want to ensure the dock icon won't be changed by others (i.e. keep factory setting). Currently I know the following two commands can do this: defaults delete ...
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Script to change Computername/hostname causing bizarre Terminal behavior

I have a script (mostly borrowed) which utilizes scutil to rename computers based off of values in a CSV file. It matches the serial number to a computer name, sets a variable, and then renames the ...
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How to create two column table script?

Is there a way to create a two column table in TextEdit with some way to create new cells by hitting the Return key, as you can do in Word? Alternatively, is there a way to achieve the same effect ...
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Built-in GUI-based ASCII only editor for OS X

I am trying to programmatically invoke an OS X editor from a script which: does not add smart quotes or any non-ascii characters while editing will work "out of the box" on any standard mac system ...
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How do I make this terminal script work properly?

I want it to appear like I'm contacting a bunch of ip-adresses and it works fine until the third line in the code and I want to be able to fix it. Also the 4 bottom lines don't work. So this is ...
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Using Fluid.app is there a way to switch tabs periodically?

I'm using Fluid.app as a way to display content from URL for monitoring my servers and other services in my data center. I have a few tabs open in this fluid.app window to display another URL with ...
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How to Change Scroll Speed Programmatically with Applescript or Shell Script

Is there a way, using either applescript or a shell script, to change the scroll speed? I don't even know where to begin to look for a mechanism for this. Oh, and no third-party applications either, ...
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Is there a way to see the invisible formatting in my clipboard and/or create the formatting when piping to pbcopy?

Is there a way to see the contents of my clipboard in a way that shows me what formatting metadata is included? Or to get to the question behind the question: is there a way to generate output in a ...
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Post-boot and login notification

I am using 10.10.2 and I have limited experience with Terminal. I would like to create a script which would notify me (on screen) when all of the startup processes are completed, post-login. The boot ...
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How can I create a script with multi command

I tried to create a script on OS X. I do something wrong. I want to execute 2 command: defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true and killall Finder I saved and chmod the file but ...
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Long running process defined as Service

I created a service for starting a Virtual Box headless, which works fine - but the service does not end until the virtual machine is stopped again (the spinning wheel is in the menu bar (or whatever ...
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Can't get Terminal to Display Colour (Mavericks)

I've recently been working on a script to backup files, etc. for my own use but recently I thought it may look nicer if I was able to cleanup and have everything nice and tidy (with colours and what ...