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Automator + Filter fetch items (4 posts)

  • Started 13 years ago by Phanault
  • Latest reply 12 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • Phanault Member

    Whenever I put the Filter Fetch Items action in any of my Automator Scripts, I get an "AppleScript Error, The result of a numeric operation was too large (-2702).

    If I remove the action, the error disappears.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    Posted 13 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    The "result of a numeric operation was too large" Automator error is caused by a bug in Mac OS X 10.6. We have confirmed the bug with Apple and filed a report, but we do not know when or if it will be fixed.

    In the meantime, you can work around the problem by setting Automator to run in 32-bit mode - the problem only happens in 64-bit mode. To do this:

    * Quit Automator if it's running.
    * Open your Applications folder.
    * Click once to select the Automator application.
    * Go to the File menu, and choose Get Info.
    * In the General section, check the "Open in 32 Bit Mode" checkbox.
    * Close the info window.
    * Open Automator and create your workflow.

    In theory setting Automator to work only in 32-bit mode could decrease the performance of Automator slightly, but in actual use, in nearly all cases there will be no noticeable change in performance.

    Please let us know if this does not help or if you have further questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 13 years ago #

  • Peter Member

    Thanks a lot for this tip! My script only worked for the first time but after that I had to re-add a "get mail" task again. But your solution rocks!


    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Peter,

    You're very welcome, glad to hear the answer helped you out!


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #


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