I find Apple's system-level scripting utility, AppleScript, to be a very useful automation tool. AppleScript is one of the many under-promoted advantages of using Macintosh... I mainly used AppleScript for server automation tasks.
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AppleScriptlets. Freeware. Updated 98-12-28.
- A page containing a number of example scriptlets that you
can download or read online, including a nice shell script for
an AppleScript 'droplet' application.
Analyser 1.0.1. Copyright Ben Lawson 1998-2000. 10K StuffIt archive, Freeware. Updated 2000-03-22
- This AppleScript "droppable" application creates
a text report of the number of files and the disk space they
occupy within the selected/dropped folder, including all subfolders.
This can be useful information for AppleShare or QuickMail server
administration. Currently not very fast because it doesn't use
any third-party compiled AppleScript libraries.
- Folder Contents 1.0.2. Copyright Ben Lawson 1998-2010. 24K zip file. Freeware. Updated 2010-09-15.
- Drop a folder onto it and Folder Contents creates a text
file on your Mac's desktop called "Folder Contents List"
listing the path and file name of every file in the folder (and
subfolders) within it. This can be useful for AppleShare administration.
To edit Folder Contents, drop it onto your favourite script editor.
- Version 1.0.1 corrected a faulty property that prevented the applet from working anywhere except on my hard disk...
- Version 1.0.2 recompiled to not require "Classic".
Logger 1.0.2. Copyright Ben Lawson 1998. 10K StuffIt archive, Freeware. Updated 1999-01-18.
- This AppleScript application creates an HTML format text
file called "StartupLog.html" listing in reverse order
the date and time of the last 25 times that it has been launched.
Why bother? If you put this applet into your Mac's Startup Items
folder it will launch every time your Mac boots, giving you a
good idea of how stable your server is. I've taken care to handle
error conditions, and my experience is that it is safe to install
on unattended servers. To edit the log file name or location,
drop Launch Logger onto your favourite script editor.
- Version 1.0.2 removes an accidental null character in the
log file name.
Version 1.0.1 removes some debugging code and is now a locked
file to prevent file corruption.
Server Toggle 1.0. Copyright Ben Lawson 1997-98. 13K StuffIt archive. Freeware. Updated 1998-05-09.
- Contains two useful AppleScripts. "Disable QM Server"
disables QuickMail's control panels and applications and restart
the QuickMail server in preparation for server backups. Guess
what the "Enable QM Server" script does? They simply
move the NameServer and QM Server control panels in or out of
the "Control Panels (Disabled)" folder, move the "QM
Administrator" and "Server MailManager" applications
in or out of the "Startup Items (Disabled)" folder,
and then restart. I trigger these scripts before and after Retrospect
backup with T-Minus Ten.
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