0

Every few minutes I need to click a button on Yosemite's menu bar and select an option. I'd like to automate this task by somehow recording this action and scheduling it to execute via cron / command line.

I've tried creating an Automator workflow using the "Watch Me Do" feature, but although it executes fine inside Automator, when I run automator myclicks.workflow in the Terminal, it gives me this cryptic error message:

The action encountered an error.

How can I get automator action to work?

  • 1
    Welcome. I've edited this to have one question. If you want to ask a second question about software-recommendations feel free to link here and explain you want an alternative to Automator. Also, please edit this to show the "cryptic" error message or upload a link to the photo (imgur works well) – bmike Mar 4 '15 at 23:37
  • Not sure how much help can be given without seeing the actual myclicks.workflow file, however do you get any more helpful output if you run with debugging enabled? E.g.: automator -debug myclicks.workflow – user3439894 Mar 5 '15 at 0:36
  • @user3439894 the -debug didn't return anything meaningful, thanks anyway – Schrute Mar 5 '15 at 9:21
1

So this might be an Accessibility issue. I was able to resolve it by going to System Preferences>Security & Privacy>Accessibility and then making sure Terminal had a check in the checkbox under Privacy.

This link does a great job of explaining it. Automator in Terminal

And by the way console can be very useful in getting meaningful error messages.

Hope this helped.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .