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Gimme Some Folder Action

In OSX, say you have a folder that is often populated with subfolders containing RAR archives spanning multiple files named either in a format like filename.rar, filename.r00, ... filename.r10 or filename01.rar, filename02.rar, .. filename10.rar. How would you create a folder action, be it mostly Automator, Shell or Actionscript or any other tool based, that would automatically extract the contents of these archives once (and only once) when they are added?
posted by ejoey on Jan 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Column-oriented CSV in Python?

Is there a simple, elegant way to iterate over columns in CSV files using Python? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 11, 2010 - 13 answers

How to merge data fields into a plain text file?

Is there some way to do a "mail merge" type operation on plain text, xml or html files without using a word processor? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Nov 25, 2009 - 11 answers

MS Outlook: scheduling VBA scripts?

Using Outlook 2007 on windows XP, how do I run a (VBA) script either daily, or on opening the application? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Nov 10, 2009 - 4 answers

PowerShell: recursive processing of all files and folders without OutOfMemory exception?

I need to use a PowerShell script to scan through a large amount of files and folders for certain security permissions. The issue is that it seems that the "Get-ChildItem" function insists on shoving the whole folder and file structure in memory. Since the drive has over a million files in over 30,000 folders, the script runs for 30 minutes, then throws out a System.OutofMemoryException without doing anything else. [more inside]
posted by splice on Oct 8, 2009 - 15 answers

DAW scripting

What tools and/or DAW software do I need to automate DAW actions through scripts? [more inside]
posted by vanar sena on Sep 17, 2009 - 11 answers

ExcelFilter: Between Day 1 and Day 90, I had how many of which?

How can I count certain things in a range of cells in Excel that fall between two dates? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Please help me make many documents much shorter.

How can I access the "AutoSummary" feature of Microsoft Word progammatically to summarize many documents at once? Alternatively, what other programs are there that will summarize documents that can be accessed programmatically? If this isn't the right place to ask, where is? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jul 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Help in rendering Gmail 'Last Accounty Activity' useless.

Automatically login / logout of Gmail at a specified interval [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Jul 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Doing Stuff Repeatedly

I need to write a script of some sort to grab content from a series of web pages. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Jul 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at?

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

Need to automate a weekly task using AppleScript

I need to automate the process of printing a report to PDF with the date in the file name, saving it in an archive folder, printing it, and emailing it as an attachment. I am on a Mac and using Pages, Automator, and AppleScript. Help me find the missing pieces! [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

CU: A flange.

How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Find it and add it once more in mysql field

I've made a large mess and need to fix it. It's a "find this" and "add it once more, but above it, in that same field" dealio in one single tables field in mysql. "This" is a different string every time. Not sure this can be done with mysql, so I'm open to all other ideas. [more inside]
posted by dabitch on Jan 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Stop Bash from getting ahead of itself...

Shell scripting quandry: running apt-get and then running a command that requires a apt-get installed package fails because bash doesn't wait for apt-get to finish... [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 6, 2008 - 4 answers

BASH: Handling odd characters in a variable?

BASH Scripting. I'm trying to do a simple "mv" operation with a not-so-simple filename that contains special characters (as in brackets and hyphens). The filename itself is stored within a variable. The operation fails, and I can understand why, but I don't know how to get around it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Nov 18, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I use either/or logic inside an OSX Automator action?

How do I use either/or logic inside an OSX Automator action? [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Oct 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for a way automate making custom resumes

Where can I find a service / program that would enable me to dynamically create resumes and cover letters? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Sep 15, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I make simple dynamic web pages using perl?

How should I develop simple dynamic web pages using perl? Does anyone have any suggestions on how best to produce simple web pages in perl that execute logic (e.g., opening property documents to retrieve property values and saving back changes). I am new to perl and would like some detail instructions or links to tutorials. Would a framework like Mason be overkill?
posted by zzztimbo on Aug 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Run multiple php websites from a single server?

How practical is it to run multiple php websites on multiple servers from a single script on one central server? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Jul 16, 2008 - 8 answers

"And all the bells and whistles."

I'm looking for a way to let members of my forum create an individual "member page" for themselves, or have it created for them automatically upon being accepted into a certain usergroup, that they could fill out with miscellaneous info. To be more precise, the forum revolves an online game, and the member page would have details about their characters, background stories, etc. It doesn't really have to be tied to their forum account, although it would be a smooth way to handle it from the user standpoint. Except I'm clueless on how to make this work. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on Jul 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Customizing a Wordpress function

Wordpress/PHP question. I'm working on a Wordpress theme and want to use an algorithm to alter some of the HTML it emits. I've got a general idea of how to do this, and could probably manage a brutish implementation on my own, but my PHP-fu is weak and there is probably a better way. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jun 30, 2008 - 16 answers

Scripter needs to learn a "real" language.

Help a Perl/Python guy learn C# [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jun 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Maya MEL scripting

How long will it take me to learn MEL scripting in Maya for the sole purpose of creating and manipulating complex geometries? [more inside]
posted by comatose on May 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Shell scripting or something better?

Faster techniques for grabbing lines of a file and doing text manipulation and arithmetic via shell (or other) scripting? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 9, 2008 - 20 answers

My website's scripts eat up too much bandwidth. How do I resolve this?

My site's cron tasks eat up a lot of bandwidth. Can I change the paths from http to local? Or can I move the tasks to my home server? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Apr 5, 2008 - 18 answers

How should I convert a Thunderbird inbox into text files?

What's the best way to export all of the emails in a Thunderbird inbox to text files, one text file per email? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Mar 14, 2008 - 6 answers

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

Help me automate this task involving USB-disks, Excel, HTML and maybe a batch file. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Mar 5, 2008 - 5 answers

RPy problems

Stumped with RPy, need help badly! [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Excel: finding first and last unique record

Finding and copying the first and last value, to the left of a range in excel. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Feb 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me design my torrent management system.

I'm looking for tips, tricks, hacks, scripts, and ideas for managing torrents using Linux. [more inside]
posted by christonabike on Jan 26, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I script video/audio recording on Windows?

What is the best way to script video/audio recording on Windows? [more inside]
posted by esd on Jan 18, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me AJAXify a portion of my project without overwhelming me.

Help me AJAX-ify a very simple web process in PHP. Links to very simple AJAX tutorials much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Webumake Nomakeweb...Anymore.

My company is using a product called "Webumake" and the internal WYSIWYG editor does not work in IE7, Firefox, IE6 on the Mac... [more inside]
posted by mic stand on Jan 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Help creating a bot

I need help creating a web bot (for non-malicious purposes). Are there any tools out there to facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy on Dec 24, 2007 - 11 answers

How to create a unique osx automator action that randomly renames files?

How to create a unique osx automator action that randomly renames files? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Save me from activating 48 Vista computers by hand!

Thanks to a bit of confusion in our department I have an entire lab of 48 computers with the wrong Windows Vista product key. I have been given the correct one but would like to save myself as much headache as possible. I have a script that will rewrite the product key and successfully activate the computers but I need help on how to most efficiently get it out there. [more inside]
posted by genial on Aug 8, 2007 - 4 answers

How can I make a Distiller-like program for Office 2007?

I want to set up a system where Windows will watch a folder for any Office 2007 files and then automatically convert them into Office 2003/2004 files. [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jul 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Dive into ?

I'm an administrator who is a relative n00b to programming, and need to find a good place to start. [more inside]
posted by adampsyche on Jun 17, 2007 - 5 answers

Kris-Kross Site Scripting

Help explain how a hacker could perform a XSS exploit. This article explains how a bad-guy could send a malicious query through an unvalidated searchbox and essentially modify the html on the search results page. What I don't understand is how the hacker could have this malicious code display on a page that I am browsing. Except for unvalidated forum posts, how can a hacker inject malicious code into a webpage. If I ensure that my forum posts don't allow HTML and I am not loading external js files, what do I have to worry about?
posted by kaizen on May 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Automated Media Wiki Page Creation

How can I automate importing thousands of CSV files (or 1 large CSV file) into a MediaWiki installation? [more inside]
posted by coolin86 on May 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Stripping some (but not all) formatting from rtf text (on a mac).

Is it possible to programmatically strip some (but not all) of the formatting from text that's been copied from safari? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on May 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Shell script variable inside sed instructions?

Using shell script variables inside sed instructions? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on May 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Questions about cron

Paging Linux geeks -- please teach me the inner mysteries of cron and scripting. Simple questions follow. [more inside]
posted by zek on Feb 21, 2007 - 11 answers

How to compress existing tiff files with lzw compression

What UNIX command-line tool can I used to convert tiff files to lzw-compressed tiff files. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Jan 16, 2007 - 5 answers

re-installing a modified greasemonkey script

I installed a greasemonkey script and it works perfectly, but I want to tweak it slightly. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jan 11, 2007 - 11 answers

I don't wanna be a cutter!

Is there an easier way to combine CSV files? There is a bit [more inside]
posted by keep it tight on Jan 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Scripting the parallel execution of a tedious task

Calling all shell script gurus! Help me write a command that performs an action on items in a list in parallel (as opposed to sequentially). [more inside]
posted by pmbuko on Dec 12, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me optimize a list in Excel.

Help me optimize a list in Excel. (Excel gurus welcome!) [more inside]
posted by pealco on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I set up a document-capture system on my Mac?

How do I set up a simple document-capture system on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Sep 16, 2006 - 7 answers

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