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For a selected file in Finder, I like to run a perl script using Services. I created an Automator process that runs an AppleScript:

on run {input, parameters}
    tell application "Terminal"
        activate
        do script "/Users/myaccountname/Applications/TeXcount_3_0/texcount.pl \"" & (input as string) & "\""
    end tell
end run

The only problem is that the selected filename appears as something like:

"Macintosh HD:Users:myaccountname:Documents:texfile.tex"

which the perl script cannot understand. How can I make it a UNIX-like filename?

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You'll need to get the POSIX path of the input file:

on run {input, parameters}
    tell application "Terminal"
        activate
        do script "/Users/myaccountname/Applications/TeXcount_3_0/texcount.pl \"" & ( POSIX path of input as string) & "\""
    end tell
end run

I found the answer over at StackOverflow.

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You can also use quoted form of to escape the arguments:

on run {input, parameters}
    tell application "Terminal"
        do script "printf %s\\\\n " & quoted form of POSIX path of item 1 of input & ">/tmp/a"
    end tell
end run

Or if the service can receive multiple files as input:

on run {input, parameters}
    set args to ""
    repeat with f in input
        set args to args & " " & quoted form of POSIX path of f
    end repeat
    tell application "Terminal"
        do script "printf %s\\\\n " & args & ">/tmp/a"
    end tell
end run

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