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Sample contents of a .txt file on my Mac:

This is sentence A.
This is sentence B.
This is sentence C.
This is sentence D.
This is sentence E.

I want to implement a subroutine, like this:

writeTextAtSpecificLine(("This is the newcomer sentence." & linefeed), 4)

so that, the text file would consequently look like this:

This is sentence A.
This is sentence B.
This is sentence C.
This is the newcomer sentence
This is sentence D.
This is sentence E.

I know that I can accomplish my desired result by making each line of the text file its own item in an AppleScript list object, like so:

set theIndividualLinesOfTextFileAsList to paragraphs of (read theFilepathOfTxtFile)

I could then split the list, based on the desired line number, and then add it all back together.

But, does a more efficient method exist?

My real .txt file is much longer than the sample content above.

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Edited version:

set selected_file to ((path to documents folder as text) & "hom.txt") as alias
set text_data to "This is the newcomer sentence."

InsertLine(selected_file, text_data, 4)

on InsertLine(the_file, the_data, num_line)
    try
        set file_id to open for access the_file with write permission
        set text_data to read file_id

        -- CHECK EMPTY LINE
        if (paragraph num_line of text_data) ≠ "" then
            set the_offset to (offset of (paragraph num_line of text_data) in text_data) - 1
            set remaining_data to (the_data) & (text the_offset thru -1) of text_data
            set eof of file_id to the_offset
        else -- LINE IS EMPTY
            set num_line to num_line - 1
            set the_count to (count of (characters of (paragraph num_line of text_data))) - 1
            set the_offset to (offset of (paragraph num_line of text_data) in text_data) + the_count + 2
            set remaining_data to the_data & linefeed & ((text (the_offset + 1) thru -1) of text_data)
            set eof of file_id to the_offset - 1
        end if

        -- WRITE DATA TO FILE
        --write the_data to file_id -- INSERT LINE
        write remaining_data to file_id -- WRITE REMAINING DATA
        close access file_id
    on error
        try
            close access the_file
        end try
    end try
end InsertLine
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I'm not sure this is the most efficient way, but this will accomplish what you're looking for. Works for me on latest version of Sierra

tell application "TextEdit" to make new paragraph at after third paragraph of text of document 1 with data "This is the newcomer sentence. \n"
  • When testing this, I only had one document open in textedit therefore "document 1" worked. If you have several documents open, you may need to tweak the code a little bit so it targets the correct document. – wch1zpink Jun 21 '17 at 3:41
  • I forgot to mention that I want to write to the text file without opening the file. The file will never be open when the script is run. Hence, I am looking for a more "behind the scenes" method. – rubik's sphere Jun 21 '17 at 4:08

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