tapping into finder events

Mark Smith mark at maseurope.net
Tue Jan 8 20:40:56 EST 2008

Randall, from what I can see, fslogger runs as a unix command in the  
shell. However, it may be possible to "open process fslogger". It  
needs to be run as root, so that's one complication. I don't think  
you can make it send AppleEvents, so you'd have to either have the  
shell redirect it's output to a file, if running in the shell, or  
'read from process' if started with 'open process'. You'd then need  
to parse it's output (not too hard, from the look of it), and since  
it includes "type: pid 568 (finder)" in it's output, you could ignore  
those messages that are not finder type messages.

How well this would work in practice I have no idea, but I think it  
could be done.

One other thought is tha since fslogger uses the same underlying  
notification mechanism as Spotlight, it may be possible to do  
something (maybe applescript?) with Spotlight. I'm not very well up  
on Spotlight, but it might be worth a little research...


On 9 Jan 2008, at 00:10, Randall Lee Reetz wrote:

> Here is another question (and one I would like not to have had to  
> think of this late)... let's say one was able to get all of this  
> running... was able to write automatic Finder level reactions to  
> Finder level events.  These reactionary events (the events my  
> stacks initiated in response to other Finder level events) would of  
> course also show up in the Finder event loop, which could  
> potentially set off a hopelessly complex feedback reverb loop of  
> action-reaction automation.   Know what I mean?  How would one  
> separate changes made external to my stacks actions from those  
> scripted by me?
> Randall
> On Jan 7, 2008, at 9:04 PM, Ken Ray wrote:

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