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10.4: A simple Mail backup Automator workflow
Authored by: cooker47 on Jul 01, '07 12:53:15AM

A very useful example as I didn't know you could just drag objects like that to create the "Get Specified Finder Items" block.

I managed to get the thing working first time through, only to find that all of a sudden it then stopped working with a similar error code in one of the conversions - I'm not sure exactly what it was or what I did wrong - I had tried changing the word "archive" in the "Create Archive" step to "Mail-archive", and that's illegal [What other options can you put in there anyway? The field is editable.] - the problem started right after this - but also maybe I dragged the items in the "Get Specified Finder Items" step into a different order by mistake - [Thinks: can you do that?]

Anyhoo, I started over and added an extra "Rename" to call the result "Mail-archive-yyyy-mm-dd.zip" and it works fine.

Not to be pedantic, I found I couldn't "save it as a Program" [sic] but I could save it as an Application. However, I found mine wouldn't run while Automator itself was still going, but worked after I quit Automator, either because it still had the workflow open, or because you have to quit Automator to start a workflow that has been saved as an Application.

Thankyou.



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