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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What are the differences between Applescripts saved as *.scpt and *.applescript?

It seems to me that those scripts that are saved as *.applescript are always meant to be the raw, uncompiled text while those that are saved as *.scpt can be either the raw text or the compiled ...
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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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How to run a shell script upon user authentication (e.g. screen unlock)?

I would like to specify a shell script (say one to send me an email) whenever a given user is authenticated, for example if prompted after sleep, fresh login or fast user switching. PS: I found ...
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How to detect locked screen / login-session from a script?

I am looking a way for a script (either bash or AppleScript, doesn't matter) to detect whether the state of the screen or the user login session is locked or not (i.e. the user will need to type in ...
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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 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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How to access GPS data from command line on jailbroken iPhone

Are there any binaries available via the command line to get information from the GPS on a jail broken iPhone? I've searched through Cydia and haven't found anything, but I wouldn't imagine this ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Automate/wrap a few SH scripts in one - Deploystudio

Right now I have a few .sh scripts that are being deployed via Deploystudio. I've created seperate scripts and tasks for each command. Though, it doesn't really function. The logs tell me that I need ...
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Create a script to turn wifi off on shutdown

Is there anyway to create a script that will automatically shut down the WiFi when I power down my machine? Maybe in Automator?
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Applescript / Automator - Pass variables between them

I have a question about how to pass the applescript input from one computer to another computer's automator input (I created it as a program). I've created the script below to ask for the filename and ...
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Why won't this script bind to my server?

I am trying to figure out why this script is not binding client computers to the OD server. It is a firstboot script that is part of a netrestore image that runs at login. It does seem to run ...
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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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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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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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Script to make the x red button kill the app

Quick background: new mac, long time windows user; not scared by linux and scripts. I am currently using RedQuits to make the x red button quit de app, not just close the window. It is a great ...
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How can I detect and remount my time machine sparsebundle?

I currently have my Time Machine sparse bundle residing on a network drive plugged in to my router. I have a script that runs at login that auto connects to the shared drive and mounts the ...
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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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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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Duplicate calendar events in Outlook 2011

Does someone have a script to merge or delete Outlook 2011 duplicate calendar entries?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 macines

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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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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Hooking into establishing Wi-Fi connection on Yosemite

Is there a way to hook into the process of establishing a Wi-Fi connection for executing some arbitrary actions (i.e. scripts or something) on certain events like connection established, connection ...
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Apple installer issue in terminal where -target keeps saying; error cannot find Volume

I am trying to use the Apple Installer commands to install a package and the output is that it was successful, however, the end result is that nothing actually happens meaning the package never gets ...
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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 can I open a URL on connecting to a specific wifi network in OS X?

Some wifi networks require logging in through a browser after connecting, in order to gain internet access. In many cases it is possible to log in by opening a specific URL without having to click ...
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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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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 ...