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Old 04-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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Folder action sometimes works

I've made a little folder action script, which takes a received file and puts it in a subfolder representing the current month. It usually works, although the time it takes to react varies from virtually instant to upwards of ten seconds, but sometimes it doesn't work at all. Particularly when I drop several items at once, it might only move some of them. It doesn't seem to depend on the files - the same files might work or not work.

Is this a common problem somehow? Could I improve my script to prevent it?

I'm using OS 10.7.3, but I've experienced it with similar scripts on previous versions too (10.4, I think). Script follows:

on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving these_items
	tell application "Finder"
		set themonth to ((month of (current date)) * 1)
		set themonth to text -2 thru -1 of ("00" & themonth)
		set thename to "" & (year of (current date)) & "-" & themonth
		if not (exists folder thename of this_folder) then
			make new folder at this_folder with properties {name:thename}
		end if
		set thetarget to folder thename of this_folder
		move these_items to thetarget
	end tell
end adding folder items to
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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Not to dissuade you, but I have never had success with folder actions working consistently. It's on one of the reasons I love, use, and tout Hazel.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:11 AM   #3
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There have been posts here before about editing the launchd script that FolderAction uses to adjust the "respawn throttle" down from 10 to 2 seconds.

I can't remember the exact details, but I did it ages ago and it did improve things, though I do still find that Folder Actions occasionally doesn't wake. But it's much better than it was.
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