AppleScript no longer works

Discussion in 'AppleScript' started by Ron Mittelman, Jun 26, 2015.

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    Ron Mittelman New Member

    Jun 26, 2015
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    I had a perfectly good automator script which has been working for a year or two, then it all of a sudden no longer works.
    The Automator script created a service so when I right-click on a file name, it copies it into a Backup folder off of whatever the current folder is, then renames it to include the date. This script was on my right-click context menu, but now it's gone.

    I know... there's an automator forum. But the automator script contains a step which runs AppleScript, so I thought this was a good place to start. This script now returns an error when I try to run it:
    on run {input, parameters}
        tell application "Finder"
            set output to (container of item 1 of input) as alias
        end tell
        return output
    end run
    When I run this code, I get this error: "Can’t make «class ctnr» of item 1 into type alias."
    Item 1 of input was the file I right-clicked on, so I guess container is the folder.

    Can anybody suggest a better way to code this applescript part so it doesn't return a syntax error?
    Ron Mittelman, Jun 26, 2015
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    Cory Cooper Moderator

    May 19, 2004
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    Hello and welcome.

    We have a few folks here with some AppleScript/Automator knowledge, so hopefully they will chime in. You can also post this question at the following link - they have much more experience with all things Mac scripting:


    Cory Cooper, Jul 5, 2015
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