Applescript file duplicate help

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by SomeoneElse, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. SomeoneElse macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    I have a script that works but was wondering if I made it incorrect or if it could be improved upon. here is the script and what it does. Simply creates a folder on the current users desktop and places a file named story into it from the folder "test".

    -- create a file in Textedit named "Story"
    set meow to "Woof Woof"
    set CR to ASCII character of 13
    tell application "System Events"
    tell application "TextEdit" to activate
    keystroke "n" using command down -- make new file
    keystroke meow & CR & meow & CR & "woof!" & CR -- add some text
    keystroke "s" using command down -- save
    keystroke "story" & CR
    keystroke "q" using command down -- quit
    end tell

    set the_file to (path to desktop) & "story.rtf" as text
    set the_loc to (path to desktop) as text
    set new_loc to (path to desktop) & "Test" as text
    tell application "Finder"
    if (exists (new_loc)) then
    make new folder at alias the_loc with properties {name:"Test"}

    duplicate the_file to new_loc with replacing
    end if
    duplicate the_file to new_loc with replacing
    end tell

    This script will create a file named "story" in TextEdit and save it to the desktop"

    Next it will copy it to a folder named "test" and if the folder doesn't exist it creates it. and also places the file in the folder if that doesn't exist.

    Is this the correct way to do this? Is there an onerr command I could use to better this script?

    - SomeoneElse

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