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 configure Automator to log into a website, each time generating a new random UID and email address?

I need to find a way to log into a company intranet site multiple times in quick succession on OS X 10.8.2, each time with a new completely random user ID and email address. The website only requires ...
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Scripting on iPad - accessing features like accelerometer, GPS, etc

Are there any scripting languages for the iPad that can access native functionality like accelerometer, GPS, text messages, etc? I know that it is possible to write Scheme and Python scripts but I ...
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How to create an apple script that forwards a flagged email

I want to create an apple script that will forward a flagged email to x@mail.asana.com I have tried this script: on run tell application "Mail" repeat with _acct in imap accounts ...
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Show When Applications Were Opened and Closed

I'd like to be able to see a list of applications that were recently opened and quitted on a per user basis. Ex: 19:25:34 Google Chrome Canary opened by John Smith 20:45:32 Pages quitted by Julie ...
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Need Help with an Applescript / plist

This has been a learning experience for me. Everything checks out logically to me in this script/ plist but something isn't correct. Everything runs, but then the script runs every minute which is ...
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Is it possible to show custom icons in the Scripts menu?

You know that "scripts" menu you can show in the right side of the menu bar? It's very useful. I'm talking about this menu: I've set some custom icons for the files in the scripts folder using the ...
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Run script on networked user login

The computer lab is running 10.8. I would like to run a script when networked users login. As far as I can tell my choices are: launchd agents - Not meant for this. On the launchd.plist man page it ...
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Find/Unrar/Delete Script

I'm a PC convert, and quite novice when it comes to shell/bash scripting, but I really want to learn/understand more. My need: I need to be able to scan a folder, find any .rar files, extract the ...
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Can I use the Terminal to find all OpenMeta tags on my system?

I know that there are apps that can do this, so I figure it must be possible: I'd like to compile a list of every OpenMeta tag that I've used on my Mac (OS X 10.8.3). But here's the rub: I'd ideally ...
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How to implement this script on a Mac

I just read Matt Might's blog post on eliminating filler and "weasels" from my writing, and I am wondering how I would implement this on Latex to run and check my document? I know I should use ...
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Is there such an app or script that automatically logs off a user after a given number of minutes of activity?

I am looking for information on either an app or script that logs off an account after a certain number of minutes. I know this can be done by default after X amount of inactivity. However, I am using ...
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File path to file on Mac Mini via LAN

I have a bunch of data files on a Mac Mini that I want to read over my wireless LAN in a script (F#, not that it matters I think). I can see the files in Finder, but don't know how to read them in a ...
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How to Run Shell Script upon Application Launch?

Not sure if this belongs here or on SuperUser, but it's Mac specific, so I'll go with here. I wrote a Ruby script that edits TextMate's global properties file and changes the theme based on the time ...
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How to determine the absolute path to a file in a shell script

I am writing a generic script that can get passed both absolute and relative (to the current working dir) paths to existing files. I need a fail-safe way to turn all those passed paths into absolute ...
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How can Growl trigger an shell script or AppleScript (NOT vice versa!)

When a Growl notification gets issued I want to trigger an AppleScript. I had a look at the "Actions" in the Growl preferences, and you can trigger things like an email or a text-to-speech call, but ...
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Using cURL to download images in XML feed?

I have an XML file that has links to various .jpg I want to create an applescript that downloads a local copy of these. The idea is to also label them sequentially with a number say 001 to 030. ...
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How to batch convert word documents to pdf?

Is there a scriptable way that I can convert several MS Word documents to PDF? I thought this might be possible using python, but I am unable to find any advice online on how best to do this.
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Sharing settings report (security audit)

I am new to Mac administration and struggling somewhat on how to programatically report in the settings in the Sharing Preference panel (10.7 and 10.8). Basically - I want to report in which settings ...
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Can I download all pictures on a page?

Is there a way I can run a script with a certain web page as the argument that will download all the images from there?
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How can I create (nested) Keynote.app slides from a XML file?

I have some nested lists (XML/OPML file) and I am looking for a (automated) process to create Keynote presentations from them. Use case: I write concepts for presentations in an Outliner, then would ...
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Monitor Console.app for a string and notify when found

Is it possible to monitor all messages in Console.app for a string and then notify the user when this string occurs? I have the problem that I'm getting disk I/O errors and I suspect that it's not a ...
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Applescript to update year tag for audio files

I have a lot of tracks in iTunes where the files are named "music-NNNN.mp3" with NNNN being the year the track was recorded. How can I use Applescript to automatically set the year tag for these files ...
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Detecting that a script is run within ARD

Does anyone know of a way to detect that a shell script is running within ARD (vs. running the same script locally on the machine)? I looked at detecting that we are running in interactive mode - ...
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Batch update the birthdays in my iPhone contacts

Years ago when I got my first iPhone, AT&T transferred all of the contacts from my old phone. My old phone didn't have a birthday field in the contacts. Instead of leaving the field empty on the ...
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How can I open Google Chrome in Presentation mode using a shell script

Previously in 10.6.8, I was able to start Google using open /Applications/Chrome.app --args --kiosk http://www.google.com Now, on newer systems, that does not work anymore correctly. The only way to ...
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Organizing skype downloads in subfolders with contact names

I always wondered why skype don't put all my accepted downloads in subfolders with the name of my contacts! If anybody have own solutions, share)
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Is there a Mac OSX equivalent of zenity?

I'm porting some simple X windows/bash scripts to Mac OSX, but I cannot find a build of Zenity (a Gnome app for basic GUI dialogs) for OSX. Is there some other command line driven dialog utility I can ...
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Running actions when I disconnect external monitor

I would love to auto start Bartender (by the way, excellent app that hides some of your notification area icons) when I unplug my external monitor from my Mac. Is there any app or script that could ...
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Display dialog from command line (like xmessage does)

Background I'd like to be able to display a notification window in OS X from within a script. The script will be running in background, so the notification should not go to the terminal but instead ...
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How to detect from a script that a TimeMachine backup is running? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a bash command to check to see if Time Machine has finished backing up? To run some syncs to remote servers to have their data included in TimeMachine backups I ...
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“sed” or “awk” launched on opening terminal window

At some point, I've noticed strange behavior of Terminal app - now on opening new window i get this as normal: Last login: Tue Nov 27 11:54:21 on ttys001 but can't see the "~" sign afterwards and ...
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Can't find/run `configure` script on mac os 10.8

I'm trying to install a program called CSIM (neural micro circuit simulator) and one of the steps is as follows: Step 2. Run: configure; make; for Linux/Unix(/Mac OS) But I can't run, not ...
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Programmatically read both per-tab Terminal.app titles

When bringing up the Inspector (⌘I) in Terminal.app to edit the title (⇧⌘I), there are actually two titles that can be entered. The first is known as the Tab Title and affects the terminal window ...
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Script to Update/download most recent iTunes podcast WITHOUT opening iTunes at all?

I have a couple favorite podcasts that I subscribe to in iTunes. I'm using You Control (so I don't have to open iTunes to play my music). I'm using Keyboard Maestro. I've made a macro that runs ...
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How to initiate a specific keystroke using automator?

I have the following code : on run {input, parameters} if application "KeyboardViewer" is running then quit application "KeyboardViewer" else activate application ...
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An automated iTunes?

So I've wanted this for a really long time but I'm not 100% sure how to do it. I basically want to be able to have iTunes play a radio station when I come home. I was thinking of being able to have ...
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executing shell script requiring input from the user using the Automator

Using the automator is possible to execute a shell script that requires input from the user (a password) ? The shell script should be executed in the currently selected folder. I wrote a "Run Shell ...
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OS X 10.8 'cannot execute binary file'

I have a third-party software to preprocess my data (the data is recorded with the device of the third-party). This software was written for unix systems and runs without any problems on the following ...
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View youtube videos in 720p by default in Safari?

Is there a way I can force safari to start youtube videos at 720p by default ?? I was wondering if there is an automator code that can achieve this ? Or maybe an extension that solely does that ? (I ...
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How to lock MacBook with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I am familiar with using Automator, but I do not know what code should be used to accomplish the feature. Can anyone provide the ...
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how to create daily task for GMVault in automator

I just moved to Apple, being an experienced (i'd like to think so) Windows user. Recently I started using GMvault (gmvault.org) to backup my Gmail account locally, but it's become a pain having to ...
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logger vs syslog -s

What exactly is the difference between using logger and syslog -s? According to its manpage, logger provides interface to the system log module, but I can't really see the point given that syslog(1) ...
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“Self Destruct” script to remove certain directories and/or applications

Let's say your work situation isn't going so well, and you suspect the end is near. How would you prepare a script (or similar) to remove your personal files and applications from your work computer ...
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Is it possible to trigger a script when drive is ejected from the Finder?

I'd like to run a script (removing non-OSX .* files) on a USB drive whenever that drive is ejected - is there a way to trigger a script automatically when a drive is ejected from the Finder? To ...
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Is there a simple way for daemons and agents to communicate?

I've got a daemon that periodically checks for, and if applicable updates, some software (macports) and I'd like the user to get a GUI indication, using terminal-notifier, when that occurs. Since ...
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How can I make an Apple script for iCal event?

I'm trying to find a script to create a specefic type of event with iCal. Actions that I'm looking for in the script are: Create an event Choose a time and date Choose an alarm Choose a specific ...
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How do I create an AppleScript that will quit an application at a specific time and then put the computer to sleep?

I've been toying around with AppleScript and Automator to get this thing to work, but I just can't seem wrap my head around it. If anyone could show me an example or give me some tips on how I can set ...
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How to disable individual USB ports by script?

I am looking for a script which will allow me to disable one specific USB port on my Mac mini. It would only serve a purpose if it works in real-time and didn't require a reboot. I've found scripts ...
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Create Automator Service With a Python Script?

I'm trying to create an Automator Service that will act on selected text, converting dashes to spaces, and also making word caps for all the text. A friend gave me this python script (I know nothing ...
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Set terminal window title in a script

I would like to change the entire title of the terminal window for a particular bash script. I googled out but I couldn't find much more than this suggestion: printf "\e]0;My Custom Title\a" After ...