replacement of selected text not working?

Discussion in 'Automator Scripts' started by ohle, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. ohle

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    Jan 5, 2012
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    I'm completely new to Automator, having recently switched from Unix (FreeBSD) to MacOS. I wanted to create a service that would let me edit text in any text field in an external editor. I thought this should be easy with automator, and that I could just use a shell script to do it. Here is what I did:

    I created a Service in Automator for selected text from any application, with the "Output replaces selected text" checkbox checked. The only object in the workflow is a shellscript that gets the text passed via stdin, using /bin/bash. Here is the code:

    tempfile=$(mktemp -t macvimbuffer)
    cat >$tempfile
    open -n -W -a $tempfile
    cat $tempfile
    rm $tempfile
    When I test the script in Automator, a MacVim window opens with the selected text displayed. I can edit it, save and quit MacVim, and Automator displays the edited text as a "result".

    So I tried using the service from TextEdit, and indeed I get a MacVim window with the selected text. I can edit and save it. When I check the contents of the temporary file, it does contain the edited text. When I then quit MacVim, I go back into TextEdit, but the selected text remains unchanged.

    What might be the issue here?

    Thanks in advance for any useful hints,
  2. Mikuro

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    Mar 21, 2005
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    I don't see the problem. In fact, I tried your script and it works just fine for me. Hmmm.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful. :\ Have you tested your service with any programs besides TextEdit?

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