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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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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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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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 ...
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Way to logout a user from the command line in OS X 10.9

I want to logout my Mac OS X from the command line. My OS X version is 10.9. I tried command pkill -KILL -u uid, but this command didn't work out. Is there a command that can be used to log out a user ...
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skill -KILL -u $user Command on Max OS X?

Is there an alternative for the skill -KILL -u $user command on the Mac OSx. The basic requirement is I want to log out my current logged in user at end of shell script This program logs out Linux ...
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Logs for checking establishment and disconnect of mac user remotely

I am using Vine VNC Server in Mac OS X for accessing my desktop remotely. I want to fire two scripts: One at establishment of the VNC connection One at disconnection of the VNC connection I ...
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how to use terminal to remove item from dock

Hi I have a shell script in my login item , which runs whenever i log in to my system . It does work completely but once it exits the terminal , it leaves the terminal shortcut on my dock and I don't ...
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How to make a playable DVD iso from a VIDEO_TS folder?

I used to have a script that converts a VIDEO_TS folder into an ISO that plays ok in VLC but it's gone. Anyway, this command gets me most of the way there: hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name ...
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Delete folder with specific condition

I need a script to delete a folder, only if the folder does not contain media files with extension avi or mp4.
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Where are the actions stored that the Contacts.app can apply on telephone numbers?

When I click on a telephone number in Contacts.app (or more precise: on the word left of it) I get to see the following menu: Where does Contact.app store these actions? I couldn't find anything in ...
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How can you set up a free, universal OS X-wide ‘autosave’ script?

I want to set up a free solution in OS X for a universal ‘autosave’ function (given Apple’s own solution is limited to only a few apps - at least for now), and let Dropbox do my file versioning and ...
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Keyboard shortcut to CLI executable

I have a couple CLI utilities I would like to map to key combinations. The scripts take no parameters, I merely need to invoke them. I've seen how to create keyboard shortcuts to apps, but can I ...
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Move files to individual folders, using file name as folder naming convention for folder, using Terminal

I've been looking for answer on the web now for a few hours and can't find what im looking for. What i want to do is move each file in a directory to a new folder using the name of the file, excluding ...
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How to script a logout while screen is locked?

I want to log out a user via a shell script, after a delay. However, there's a few other issues: User does not have admin and/or root. Logout must complete even if screen is locked. Currently, I'm ...
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Does Mac OS X's bash read scripts for all users (tab-completion scripts) from /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d path?

I stumbled upon some instructions in the book "Pro Git" It suggests: Download this file : https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash If you use the Bash ...
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What is the proper way to use the cut command on ps command output

This question is related to a question I posted on rogue firefox procesess. It relates to firefox processes following image uploads that I have been having for a while. I am trying to get to the ...
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script copy sender(s) email address only to the clipboard

I am a blind voiceover user of mac. The new Mail.app makes it difficult to copy the sender's email. I would like to have a script which copies the sender email only, of one or more selected ...
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OS X application start/stop hook

How can I have a script automatically ran when I start or stop an app without using 3rd party tools? I'm not developing the application myself, it's a general question that applies to any installed ...
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Seeking shell-scripting resources for the visual learner

I'm trying to teach myself shell scripting. I understand things best when I see them in the context of a system, especially when I can visualize that system. I'm looking for a visual companion to ...
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Correct Way to Check if Spotlight Has Indexed a Folder's Contents

Okay, so I've written a script that uses mdfind to more quickly match files, however, I need to find the best way to check whether a target directory is indexed or not, so I can fall back to using ...
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Forcing a script to run in english

My Mac is running Mavericks in English, but because my region is set to Portugal and my keyboard is the portuguese one, when I run some scripts they shows messages in portuguese. I generally hate to ...
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Setting a firmware password

Currently trying to use a script (preferably shell) to setup the firmware password on a fresh OSX install. I obviously found this: http://osxdaily.com/2014/01/06/set-firmware-password-mac/ which ...
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How to launch browser in iOS Simulator from command line?

I want to launch the browser in iOS Simulator from the Terminal with specified URL. Is there any command for it? So that I can write in a script which will take URL as argument and launch simulator ...
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Running a bunch of commands in Terminal

I run the following commands for logkext a lot in my terminal and would like a know a way to automate the whole process. Open terminal type "sudo logKextClient" Type in administrator password ...
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Execute Shell Scrip individually for each selected file in Finder

I am trying to create an automator workflow that will do a google search for the filename of each selected file in finder. Unfortunately the workflow I have created works just with one selected ...
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How to change audio output according to display state?

I've got a Mac Mini connected to a TV via HDMI. I would like to have the audio output device changed automatically to external speakers if the TV is turned off. I can imagine that this feature is not ...
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Notification message's delay before hide

I made a script to upload images, it shows a notification, but it stays on screen for a very long time until I close it by click. Is there a way to decrease the delay for this notification?
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How to make a message appear on the screen?

I'm trying to set up a kind of intercom system between Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes at home. Question: How can I make an arbitrary message appear on the graphical screen of Mac OS X? For instance, ...
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Full privileges on .command file, but it says I don't have appropriate privileges

I have a command that I regularly need to run in the Terminal (for application code signing). Normally I launch the Terminal, press the up arrow until I reach the command I want, and then hit enter. ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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How Do I Use 'cp' to Overwrite Files?

Using a shell script or Terminal, how do I overwrite files that may or may not be present. I looked at man page for cp, it said use the -f argument to force overwrite. But, it does nothing. $ cp -f ...