Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Using AppleScript, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
In this movie I'll show you how to use the Unix command line to communicate…with the AppleScript.…I'm not going to try to teach you to write AppleScript. I'm certainly no expert…on it myself, but I will demonstrate a few useful basics.…But if you already know how to write scripts on your own, well, then you'll be…able to quickly link the power of AppleScript with the power of Unix and do…some really cool things.…Now the way we're going to call AppleScripts is by using the Mac only…Unix command osascript.…OSA stands for Open Scripting Architecture.…And after that, we can either provide the file name of the script that we want to…run, or rather the path to that file, or we can use the -e option and actually…give our instructions right here in the string.…
So I can say set volume output muted true.…And that will mute our computer. Or I can say output muted false.…These two are handy because we can put them in an alias.…So for example, I could just jump to the beginning of the line here. alias mute=…
- Moving around the file system
- Creating and reading files
- Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files and directories
- Creating hard links and symbolic links
- Understanding user identity, file ownership, and sudo
- Setting file permissions with alpha and octal notation
- Changing the PATH variable
- Using the command history
- Directing input and output
- Configuring the Unix working environment
- Searching and replacing using grep and regular expressions
- Manipulating text with tr, sed, and cut
- Integrating with the Finder, Spotlight, and AppleScript
Skill Level Beginner
1. Introduction to Unix
2. Filesystem Basics
3. Working with Files and Directories
4. Ownership and Permissions
5. Commands and Programs
6. Directing Input and Output
7. Configuring Your Working Environment
8. Unix Power Tools
9. Useful Mac-Only Commands and Techniques
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