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Moving files into the active Fetch window with folder action not working (4 posts)

  • Started 2 years ago by Andrew
  • Latest reply 2 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • Andrew Member

    Hi,
    I'm a newbie trying to write a simple applescript--a folder action--that will, when a new file (a jpeg) hits a particular folder, launch Fetch and move the new file into a particular directory on my server. Fetch is launching, but my files aren't uploading.
    Here's what I've written so far:

    on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving added_items
    tell application "Fetch"
    activate
    make new transfer window at beginning with properties {hostname:"MyHostName", username:"MyUserName", password:"MyPassword", initial folder:"MyFolder"}
    put into transfer window "MyFolder"
    added_items
    end tell
    end adding folder items to

    Any help would be appreciated! Also--if it's possible to do this without Fetch jumping to the front, most active window, that would be a nice bonus, too.
    Andrew

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi,

    You might try changing

    put into transfer window "MyFolder" item added_items

    to

    put into transfer window "MyHostName" item added_items

    Transfer windows can be referenced by the complete window title, or by the hostname, but not by the folder name.

    Alternatively, transfer windows can be referenced directly. The "make new transfer window" command returns a transfer window reference. So you could say:

    set myTransferWindow to make new transfer window at beginning with properties {hostname:"MyHostName", username:"MyUserName", password:"MyPassword", initial folder:"MyFolder"}
    put into myTransferWindow item added_items

    Or you could skip dealing with transfer windows entirely and replace both lines with:

    put into url "ftp://MyUserName:MyPassword@MyHostName/MyFolder/" item added_items

    If you leave out the "activate" line Fetch should not pop into the front.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Andrew Member

    Hey Jim,
    I used your second suggestion it worked, thanks!
    So the script looks like this now:

    on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving added_items
    tell application "Fetch"

    set myTransferWindow to make new transfer window at beginning with properties {hostname:"MyHostName", username:"MyUserName", password:"MyPassword", initial folder:"MyFolder"}
    put into myTransferWindow item added_items

    end tell
    end adding folder items to

    Two followup tweaks that would help immensely:

    I'd like to empty the folder (the one this folder action is on) AFTER the Fetch upload;
    And it looks like I need Fetch to quit when done--it is reopening a transfer window after a few moments
    for some reason.
    Any tips on either of these things?

    Thanks again. :)
    Andrew

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi,

    To quit Fetch, just put a line that says:

    quit

    before "end tell".

    Rather than emptying the folder, I would tell the Finder to move the added_items to the trash. I think this would work:

    tell application "Finder"
    move added_items to trash
    end tell

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 2 years ago #

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