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 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 ...
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Toggle “Use all F1, F2 as standard keys” via script

I toggle the "Use all F1, F2 as standard keys" setting very often and would like to automate it via a script (or a keyboard shortcut). Is it possible? I've tried to Google the right arguments for ...
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How can I see how long my computer has been active (as in not idle)

I've seen a variety of solutions to check how long my machine has been idle, and I know I can check how long since last reboot with uptime, but I'm curious if there's a way to see how long since my ...
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Remove Little Snitch via script

I want to be able to uninstall Little Snitch over Apple Remote Desktop. I came across the script below here: http://fromtheadmin.com/kill-and-remove-little-snitch-application-via-ard-script/ However ...
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How do I run an OS X command script on remote Xserves from a desktop OS X script?

The answer to an earlier question, Access and control home office network, iMacs, and Xserves, left me with a new problem. To review, I have a computing environment comprised of: 27" iMac with dual ...
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Is there a dial from Addres Book and tel:/sip: protocol handler script/application available for 10.7?

We are currently using Mac OS X 10.6 and snomURLHandler to convert tel: uri's to a http GET request. This computer telephony integration let us click on a telephone number in Address Book.app and let ...
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Can I make the Finder label a folder if it contains a file or folder of a specific name?

I'd love it if I could somehow make the Finder color-label all folders containing a .git directory so I could tell at a glance if the folder is a Git repo. Any ideas?
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Applescript array of applications

I have a script that reload the active tab of an open browser, but I want it to do with all opened browsers. Is there a way to make a list/array and use it in this code? This code works with one ...
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Fake.app: How to loop thru the rows in a CSV file and use the data in my Workflow?

I am using Fake to automate some web tasks. I have a CSV file on disk that contains rows of data which I'd like to use to fill out forms in my Fake Workflow. How can I iterate thru the rows in the ...
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double password entry to access account

I have the Require password 4 hours after sleep ... option in Security and Privacy System Preferences set and am running a script with launchd to suspend my session at a certain time of day (see this ...
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How can I use Automator to generate a kerberos ticket using KINIT?

I need to be able to generate a kerberos ticket for my MacBook Pro each time the machine restarts. I can manually run KINIT with my credentials to generate a ticket. What is the best way to automate ...
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lock account and sleep

Is there an easy way to lock my mac and then immediately sleep, all in one command? I know I can show the login window and then choose the sleep button, but I'd prefer one step rather than two (and a ...
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App or script to monitor/log processes starting and stopping?

I want to be able to start an app or script, leave it running for a few hours, then come back and see a log of what processes started and stopped in that time. This is not the same as Activity Monitor ...
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Running a gpg shell script to decrypt a file via Automator

I regularly need to decrypt a gpg-encrypted file (always the same) to simply view it in TextEdit. I have a very simple shell script for that. It looks like this: #!/bin/sh outfile=`mktemp -t $$` # ...
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Print folder contents with non-standard printing settings

I want to print all files which are dragged to a folder. Easy to do with Automator. But I want to specify more settings for the print, namely to print the items two times, to use paper tray 2 instead ...
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How do I execute a bash script that requires root privileges?

I have this script lines from my ISP: sudo bash echo "plugin L2TP.ppp">>/etc/ppp/options echo "l2tpnoipsec">>/etc/ppp/options It works if I paste line by line into Terminal. I want to ...
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How do I script Powerpoint to save a directory of PPTX files as PDFs?

If I have a directory of PPTX files I would like to save as PDFs. How do I script this operation?
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An Automator workflow for extracting text as speech from PDF files

I get PDFs to revise course content which I want to convert to MP3 files and take with me as spoken audio. Automator offers 'text to speech' conversion and it's great. When I try and build a workflow ...
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Automator PDF text to Spoken Audio file: What's wrong with this script?

I have pages of PDF notes which I want converted to spoken audio to aid revision. There are several suggested workflows online, but I'm still not getting the results I want. I used this model from ...
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Getting notified when someone logs into a server using SSH or Remote Desktop

I have a mac mini server running OS X Lion Server 10.7.3. It pretty much runs unattended without problems. However, the server is under constant "attack" according to the logs. The firewall and ...
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Is it possible to write a script to change the Energy Saver settings in OS X (10.7.3)?

Basically, whenever I know I'm going to be gone, or if I'm going to sleep, I change the Energy Saver settings in System Preferences in OS X (10.7.3) for Power Adapter to: Computer sleep: 1 min ...
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How can I use Terminal to monitor a network interfaces total traffic in Mb

I would like to use the terminal to monitor the network traffic on a given interface, with a view to providing alerts when certain cumulative totals have been exceeded. The script needs to gain ...
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A programmatic method for disabling all sharing services?

I'm seeking a programmatic method for disabling all the sharing services on a Mac. My preference is for an AppleScript or a shell script. I'd like to have the services shown in the picture below ...
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How can I make a keyboard configuration become default when I hook it up?

At work, I have a MacBook Pro and a RHEL workstation that share a HP keyboard and mouse via a KVM switch. I do most of my work on the Mac so I prefer to change the modifier keys so they command and ...
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'script' command in terminal, looking for a flush open

When I use 'script' on a unix terminal the -f option flushes the data straight to the file - from the man page "-f Flush output after each write. This is nice for telecooperation: One person does ...
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How to make a LaunchAgent with StartCalendarInterval

I want to start replacing crontabs with LaunchAgents. My first attempt is not working. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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Start program in response to system events (like ip address changes, etc.)?

I want to start a program in response to system events, such as: IP address changes WIFI connectivity changes (whether I'm connected, and/or which network I'm connected to) Volume (as in disk) ...
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What is your preferred way to start a (shell) script from the GUI?

I was wondering what ways there are to start a (shell) script from the GUI, e.g. double-clicking an icon in Finder or launching via Spotlight. This is not about opening a terminal and "manually" ...
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How can I regularly move movies in iTunes to an external drive?

I have been adding a lot of movies to iTunes lately. Problem is, the size grows very quickly. I appreciate having the metadata in one place, but I would want to move the actual files to an external ...
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With Lion, Problems Accessing Shared NTFS Folders with SMB://

We are testing a local login script that we created for our Macintosh users on Lion. It has worked fine on all OS X versions prior to 10.7. Listed below is the script that we are using. When we run ...