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Automating copying files in OS X?

Asked by rovdog (842 points ) October 10th, 2009

I need to copy files daily from one folder to another in OS X. The whole folder can be replaced daily also. I’ve never really dabbled in automation but I imagine this is fairly common thing to do. Any easy ways to do this within OS X. Or nice simple shareware ways. Appreciate any thoughts.

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rovdog's avatar

Also- forgot to add running most updated Leopard.

Breefield's avatar

Hazel.
By most updated Leopard do you mean the snowy one?

rovdog's avatar

Oh no, sorry, the temperate one. My computers cannot handle those climatic conditions. Actually, I would love to figure out how do this in Tiger as well Leopard- a bit old school with my hardware.

Breefield's avatar

Well, if you want…you can make your own cronjob, and have them run your own shell scripts. That’ll work on any mac really…

jrpowell's avatar

My hosting is borked. This was hard to explain so I made a short video of something that might help. Sorry if the quality is shit. I am pretty drunk too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAhGsJV9PXo

It just finished uploading. Give it a bit for the conversion.

rovdog's avatar

Hmmm I can give it a shot. I doubt I’m savvy enough however. I was hoping there is a simple solution built in or some nice shareware rec. I looked at automator which I’ve never used and I think that could do the job, right? Not sure- appears it may work- as long as I can tell automator when to run, right?

jrpowell's avatar

Sorry, the audio was complete shit on that video.

rovdog's avatar

Cool John- checked it out, looks pretty simple. Thanks for helping while drunk that’s what fluther is all about! So first I want to say copy finder items, then get finder items, then duplicate? Did you just make that video- awesome! Much appreciated. Automator interface remind me of the compressor interface which look simple but is actually a little confusing. So then as you said I need to find some kind of scheduler to run my new “application” daily, right?

rovdog's avatar

No I’m impressed you made it so quickly.

jrpowell's avatar

Yup. Make the action in automater and find a way for it to run at a specific time.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2001020700163714

If it was a few hours earlier I would walk you through this. But I kinda need a nap.

rovdog's avatar

Cool… thanks a lot. Sleep it off. Don’t know if I can use that unix program with command line but I guessing there’s something simple written for os x out there.

jrpowell's avatar

This could help a bit. http://quicksilver.caup.washington.edu/software/Crontooie/2.Download.html with making it run at a certain time. Not tested since it isn’t 10.6 friendly.

rovdog's avatar

Cool thanks!

gailcalled's avatar

@rovdog: So nice to hear from you again. How ya doing?

rovdog's avatar

Actually I have silverkeeper which is a Lacie backup utility. I think you can set times for backups I wonder if that would work in one step. But then of course I’d be running it in the background

rovdog's avatar

@gailcalled Hey how are you? I’m good- doing well. Hey – big news for Ben and Andrew, it’s awesome, huh?

jrpowell's avatar

You can use iCal to trigger scrips made in automator. I feel so stupid for not remembering this.

Instructions are here

I am stupid.

rovdog's avatar

Oh, awesome. Ical can do it! Thanks, John!

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