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Folder action to move all contents to HIDDEN folder?

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Batshua Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Apr 3, 2013 5:19 PM

My girlfriend has asked me for help with this, and my google-fu, which is normally strong, has failed me. We're looking to attach a folder action to a folder "Blaine" such that it will move any files that appear there will get automatically moved to ".Cute".


I have found a lot of scripts, but none of the ones I have found so far can actually move files to an invisible folder.


I don't mind modifying an existing script, but if I have to do that, I'm going to need some help setting up the paths to the folders, since so far trying to cobble together my own script has thrown up lots of errors.


I'm sure this would be easy for an AppleScript or Automator wizard, although I imagine AppleScript is more feasible because Automator was not able to see the hidden folder even when I toggled invisibility on files to make them visible.


Can anyone help us out?


Thanks so much for reading!

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)

    I believe you'll  need to use the shell to do the copy I can't find a way to have the Finder see the invisible folder.


    So something like (as an AppleScript)


    set pathToSrc to (choose file)

    set pathToSrc to POSIX path of pathToSrc


    set pathToDest to ((path to desktop) as text) & ".noseeum"

    set pathToDest to POSIX path of pathToDest


    do shell script "cp " & pathToSrc & " " & pathToDest

    Will ask for a file and copy it to a folder in your desktop called .noseeum

  • twtwtw Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    The Finder has difficulty with invisible folders; System does not.  Something like this should work:


    on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving these_items

              set destination_folder to "/path/to/folder/named/.cute"

              tell application "System Events"

                        repeat with this_item in these_items

                                     move this_item to destination_folder

                        end repeat

              end tell

    end adding folder items to


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