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I need to copy a file to a directory pn a MAC OSX, but need to automate the process. With Automator I get an app and a file, and as long as they are both copied to the desktop, it works fine, but if the files are copied somewhere else, it doesn't. Ideally I need a self-contained package that contains both the command and the file, and puts the file into a directory when executed. Or at least a script that will copy the file as long it is in the same folder. Sorry, very limited mac experience.

Thanks for your help!
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by:nxnw
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You really need to be clearer on what you are trying to do. I can think of a bunch of things you might mean, but have no idea which, if any, you are talking about.
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by:dataline
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Hello,
there is a lot of options how to solve it. Some of them require some level of UNIX experience, some of them are purely visual. I would recommend using a folder script similar to:
on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving added_items
	tell application "Finder"
		move every item of container "VolumeName:Users:_your_shortname_:Desktop:transfer:" to "Volumes:_volume_name_:Folder:" with replacing
	end tell

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by:rookie_b
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Apologies for being unclear. I have a folder on the desktop with a file inside that needs to be copied to a specific subfolder in the applications folder. There are different users that need to do that, and from past experience at least a few will end up putting it in the wrong place. I want to prevent that by giving them a file on which they click and it does that for them. Because it is for different users, I cannot use absolute path, as every user would have a different one.

Thanks!
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different users on the same machine? different applications folders on the same machine? different machines? does the file always have the same name? if so, is it ok to overwrite it?
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by:robertcerny
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Hello,
use Automator for this task. Create a new Automator Application and use Copy Finder Items action.

Robert
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I tried that, but itwon't work for other users, as the path would differe in the user part. I need something that would put it in the same relative path regardless of the user.
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by:nxnw
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Please answer my questions. you will not get a useful answer until you provide a comprehensible explanation of what you are trying to do.
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by:rookie_b
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Hi nxnw,

i am sorry I did not get back to you earlier.

1. different users on the same machine -  Multiple machines with multiple users each (each machine is shared by 3-5 people)
2. different applications folders on the same machine - no, it is the same application folder for all machines
3. different machines - yes multiple machines, multiple users each
4. does the file have the same name - yes, the file has the same name
5. is it ok to be overwritten - yes, it needs to be overwritten

Thank you!
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Paste the following into applescript editor (substituting the correct names for the bold items) and save as an application.

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      set theFile to (path to desktop folder as string) & "aFolder:" & "aFile" as alias
      set targetfolder to (path to applications folder as string) & "anotherFolder:" & "yetanotherFolder" as alias
on error errorMessage
      display dialog errorMessage buttons {"Cancel"} with title "Error"
end try

tell the application "Finder"
      move theFile to folder targetfolder with replacing
end tell
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by:nxnw
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Just so you are clear, the above script will move ~/Desktop/aFolder/aFile (a file named "aFile", located in a folder named "aFolder" on the user's desktop) to /Applications/anotherFolder/yetanotherFolder
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