I have i.e. a folder full with alias from everywhere on my system. Now I want to give exactly this files as the originals to an extern hard drive or what else.
Is there a way to simply take these alias and copy their originals into a second folder?
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
I’ve put together a little AppleScript for you. If you use the Script Editor to save it as an applet you can drag & drop folders on it. The script will first ask for the destination folder and then scan the dropped folders for any aliases contained. If it finds any it will copy the original items to the destination folder specified.
Here’s the code:
on open droppedItems try set destinationFolder to choose folder with prompt "Select destination folder:" on error return end try repeat with itemCount from 1 to length of droppedItems set theFolder to item itemCount of droppedItems tell application "Finder" if folder (theFolder as string) exists then set folderItems to list folder theFolder without invisibles repeat with folderItemCount from 1 to length of folderItems set filename to (item folderItemCount of folderItems) set theAlias to ((theFolder as text) & filename) as alias try set originalFile to original item of theAlias -- is Finder alias? duplicate originalFile to destinationFolder on error display dialog (theAlias as string) & " doesn't seem to be an alias. Skipping." end try end repeat else display dialog (theFolder as string) & "is not a folder. Skipping." end if end tell end repeat end open
It is neither pretty nor feature complete but rather meant to show you a possible way to go. I. e. it doesn’t traverse any subfolders. Also, there’s no checking of file existence before copying. Anyway, it might still be what you need. Have fun!