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Determine an Automator-based OS X service's own filesystem location

I'm trying to find the running Automator-based service's own filesystem location from inside that service. (Background: I'm trying to create duplicates of the same service and want each duplicate to ...
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Using Automator to call a Service

I use save my PDFs to my Evernote account. I would like to automate this process at the end of the day. Can I use Automator to call the existing service "Add to Evernote" at the end of the day?
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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In a Service, how to get a URL from rich text?

I'm interested in making a Service (using Automator if possible) that allows me to perform an action on a URL. If the URL exists as plain text, this works just fine. However, if the URL is a link in ...
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How to keep BetterTouchTool alive?

BetterTouchTool keeps exiting. How do I make sure that it reopens when it exits, and that duplicate processes aren't spawned? Thanks
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How can I turn off the gamed service or more generally, any service?

Yeah, bought a Macbook Retina, come from a Linux background where this stuff is usually a question of removing via the package manager. Anyhow, I don't play games on this, it's purely for ...
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Run TeamViewer on demand, instead of at startup

I installed TeamViewer Host (v. 10.0) for making remote connections back to my Mac. It loads on start up automatically, and there doesn’t seem to be a preference to disable that behavior*. TeamViewer ...
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Services From One Boot Drive Have Installed Themselves On Clean Install Of Another OS On Different Boot Drive

I have a Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until today, I had only ever installed an OS, Mt. Lion, on one of those drives and the other had remained largely empty, except for when I needed to ...
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Data storage location? Difference between server and physical device

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, all the DATA saved into services like iCloud email, Gmail email, DropBox, iCloud Drive, etc. Do they actually take physical space storage inside each iOS or OS X ...
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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Automator Get Filename of Selected File

I'm trying to create a Service where I can select an individual file, right click, go to Services and tap Perm Delete using Automator - i.e.: rm <path> I've looked around and i just can't find ...
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how to re-enable services in an app (Microsoft Remote Desktop in particular)

I am fairly confident I could use the service below in MRD before. I am not sure when I lost them, maybe it is related to the Yosemite upgrade (I noticed this on 10.10.0) or some recent MRD update ...
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iCloud for Automator and services

Since Mavericks, Automator is now able to store services (.workflow) in iCloud. The problem is that services are not available in the Services menu or contextual menu (right-click) when I store them ...
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Programmatically catch app opening / closing

Is it possible, via an AppleScript, a background service or daemon, or any other programmatic way, to catch the following events: a specific app (eg Aperture, Excel ...) being launched, an app being ...
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What's the services/running processes manager in Mac OS X?

I installed MySQL but I am unable to see if it is running or has stopped. How do I see what are the currently running services corresponding to the "Services" interface in Windows?
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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Text to speech service gone and key binding for it not functioning in Yosemite?

Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any ...
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Can I change the appearance of the volume/brightness overlay?

The os X volume/brightness/... overlays display information about the current strength/action when a user press the function keys. The service that do this is called the BezelUIServer and can be found ...
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Postfix SMTP server slow to accept incoming connection

I have a snow-leopard os-x Server configuration running postfix with no local firewall on the X-Serve. When a client attempts to connect to the SMTP port the connection takes about 15 seconds to ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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How do Services work on Mac OS X Lion (I can't make them appear in Menu Bar)

I'm trying to create a service (in this case, operating on images in Evernote.app). I open up Automator, make my script, and set it to to receive 'image files' in 'any application'. Doesn't show up ...
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Remove system default / third-party app 'service' items from OS X context menus?

I'm in the process of replacing OS X's default 'Search with Google' context menu item (found when you right click on text in many apps like Terminal, Notes, or third party ones like the RSS reader ...
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Automator workflow/service or Applescript for looped edits in Preview

I was originally trying this with Automator, but if someone can guide me to accomplishing this easier with Applescript then feel free, though i haven't worked with it before. I'm trying to get the ...
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Iphone 5 Replacement Program

I purchased my Iphone 5 in New-York but i live in London, may Apple restrict me from replacing the Power/Sleep button outside of the US?
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Automator right column “services” disappear

I've been working on automator, and I add to "force to quit" the program. When I open it up again the right column disappear and i can't put it back. Can someone help me please? Thank u
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Show the Dock with AppleScript?

I would like to show the Dock when all windows are hidden/closed/minimized. Is this something that can be done with AppleScript? Where can I learn more about the specific capabilities of ...
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Does letting services like PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB and Mysql run all the time eat up battery life and system resources?

I'm a web developer and so I tend to run a lot of server applications on my machine to make local development easier. Right now I use foreman to start the up as needed per project. I do this in the ...
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Finder Menu Services No Longer Working

In Pre-Yosemite, I had some finder menu services (i.e. Right-Click, see 'Services' in menu, hover over, and you'd see Services created in Automator) that I made. As a developer, these were very handy ...
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How do I get the URL of a right-clicked link sent to an automator action?

I'd like to create a service to open a link in Chrome. I already have this service installed: Safari Extension for right click menu: Open in Google Chrome? This works if I right-click on selected ...
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What is the xpcd executable / Darwin xpc(3) service

The first item in the search results for dialog com.apple.internetaccounts.xpc is https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5513351?start=0&tstart=0, which complains that "[e]very 10-15 minutes the ...
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Can I buy and use a New iPhone 6 as an iPod Touch?

In a related question I asked about the functionality of an iPhone 6 as compared to iPod touch 5, The answer indicates there could be a significant difference. The person I am asking on behalf of ...
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Can't assign keyboard shortcut to service

In OSX 10.8.2, I created a service using Automator and saved it in ~/Library/Services. The service receives selected messages in Mail.app. It shows up in the list of services when I click on the ...
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How do I save a text style (font, size, etc) to use in any rich text editor (evernote, mail)?

I want to create some text styles--combinations of font, size, and other attributes--that I can assign to keyboard shortcuts that will be available in any rich text editor on the mac, such as ...
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How to disable Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) on OS X 10.8?

I am using an iMac at work, and the IT security guys are raising issue with the Apple Push Notification Service (apsd) trying to bypass the proxy continually. I would like to know how I can disable ...
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Can only run AppleScript from Automator

I have the following AppleScript which toggles the scroll direction on the trackpad: tell application "System Preferences" activate set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.trackpad" ...
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How can I restrict Mac sharing services to a specific network/adapter?

I want is to set up a Mac to connect to multiple networks. So far, so good. However, I only want to grant AFP access to users on ONE of the networks, but not the other. How can I accomplish this on ...
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Services menu shows the incorrect name

I made a Service in Automator, but when I was saving mistyped the name. I used Automator to rename the Service, but the incorrect name shows up in my Services menu. I checked the ~/Library/Services ...
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How to change the finder services submenu threshold?

In the finder context menu, there is a list of services at the very bottom. Once this list grows beyond 4, it becomes a submenu instead. Is there a way to affect this threshold, i. e. have five ...
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Can I capture Spotlight input and use it in another process?

I'd like to capture everything I type into Spotlight and use the text as input for a script, possibly a new instance of a Services workflow. From that point of course anything is possible; the most ...
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Workflow Services not showing in Service Menu

All of a sudden my Automator services are no longer showing in the Service menu in Mail. None of them. All I see is No Service Apply (grayed out). I know they still work, if I open them in ...
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What is the difference between 'Application' and 'Process' in OS X?

As I increasingly dabble with AppleScript and OS X tweaking in general, I arrive at this question: What is the difference between these two words in terms of OS X's inner operations - e.g. do some ...
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Location of services created in Automator

Long-time ago i created a service in Automator, which still works. But i want to change the code and it isn't located in either /Library/Services/ nor ~/Library/Services/ as they are both empty Have ...
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How do I add a script to the Service menu?

See "How do I automate this repetitive task?" I'm posting here so I can show some screenshots of the work in progress. I'm very new to both StackExchange and also Automator. Don't yet know my way ...
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Is there a way to make OS X Services (from Automator) work in GTK apps?

I’ve written a simple Service using Automator which takes a number in text and adds sales tax to it, replacing the original number, and a companion service which does the reverse. I wrote these with ...
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Where Is The “Summarize” Service On OS X Mavericks?

In previous versions of OS X, you could find the Summarize service by highlighting the text you want to summarize, going to the app name menu, click service, and then clicking summarize. Call me ...
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How does the Summarize Service in OS X work?

I’m quit impressed with the Summarize Service in OS X. But its unclear to me, how the service does the summarising. Could someone please explain this to me?
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What does Apple monitors on Apples' computers?

The fallowing IP's pop-up some times on netstat (all 4 uses tcp4): 17.167.140.65 17.158.52.58 17.172.232.91 And the most information I could get is that theses IP's belongs to Apple. Anyone knows ...
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Weird spam message overlay appears on my iPhone's screen (FLASH SMS)

This weird message keeps appearing every few days and it's very irritating. It always contains spam messages that asks me to accept or cancel invitations to random services (weekly jokes, pics etc). ...
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Custom keyboard shortcut not executing service

I have a custom keyboard shortcut created for a finder service to compress selected files. However despite working once or twice when I first created it, it has no effect now. The service works ...