1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 11, 2012 5:14 PM by l0k1
Alice_midway Level 1 (0 points)

Recently upgraded my mac mini server to 10.8.2 Mountain Lion. I need it to open a particular Filemaker file every morning, and close the application every night. Used to have a simple alarm in iCal set to do this with Open File and then a very simple Automator script to close the program at a scheduled time, also in iCal. Worked fine. Now, in trying to recreate this, it doesn't work - I make the scripts, and if I set them for a time I can test them (ie. 5 minutes from now), they work as planned, but they will not function on their own at the scheduled time. I thought it might be going to sleep, so I set Energy Saver to Never go to sleep, unchecked "Put hard disks to sleep when possible", and checked "Wake for network access". Still not working. Any thoughts? Any idea how to even troubleshoot this?

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • l0k1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I thought I was on to something, but then I re-read your post and saw that you've successfully tested your scripts in Calendar.  So, all I've got left to offer is a silly question: has the calendar been set to ignore alerts?  I ask because just within the last few days I created an Automator calendar alarm, tested it successfully (in the same fashion as you), and set it off to run on its merrily-scheduled way, only to discover it wasn't firing on its own.  Like you, I double-checked my Energy Saver settings and it looked like things should work just fine.  What I finally found was that at some point during all my testing and fiddling I'd ticked the "Ignore alerts" box for the calendar,  and that's what was keeping my script from firing.