Looping an iMacro That I Want Scheduled (OSX Command Line)

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Looping an iMacro That I Want Scheduled (OSX Command Line)

by windsurferk on Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:12 pm

I have a macro that I can successfully run using the "Play(Loop)" button, but I would like to be able to run the loop as a scheduled job on OSX. I understand from this article: http://wiki.imacros.net/iMacros_for_Fir ... ne_Support that I can run an iim from the command line interface via applescript, but I can't figure out how to make the macro loop.

Is there a way to either a) call this macro as a loop and pass in the max loop parameter OR b) embed the loop within the macro itself? Here is the macro I am running:

URL GOTO=http://www.anyurl.com
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Re: Looping an iMacro That I Want Scheduled (OSX Command Lin

by Tom, Tech Support on Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:27 am

Hi Windsurferk,

Good question! For iMacros Browser users (on Windows) there exists the -loop command line switch for this purpose.

For Firefox users, what you want to do is write a Javascript to control your loop:

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var i;
for (i = 1; i < 4; i++) {
     iimSet("loop", i); // Note: Change {{!LOOP}} in your macro to {{loop}}

You can then call this Javascript from a URL, e.g. http://run.imacros.net/?m=MyLoop.js and start it from the Firefox command line.

Please subscribe to the iMacros Newsletter to be informed about the upcoming iMacros for Firefox *Mac* Scripting interface. Then you will be able to do the loop and much more using python.

Tom, iMacros Support
Tom, Tech Support
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Re: Looping an iMacro That I Want Scheduled (OSX Command Lin

by windsurferk on Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:21 am

Wow. Thanks Tom. That's exactly what I needed. It took me a few mins, but I figured out that I needed to save that .js inside the iMacros "Macros" directory in order for that URL to work. Then I just created an applescript that looks like this:

do shell script "/usr/bin/open /Applications/Firefox.app 'http://run.imacros.net/?m=MyLoop.js'"

Thanks again for the response on this. I can't wait to set ALL my iMacros to run on a schedule!
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Javascript Loop Control - How to Fire URL outside of Loop

by windsurferk on Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:04 pm

One more question related to this. I'm using the Javascript loop method, and am setting the loop to run 100 times since the actual number of hyperlinks on the page varies day to day. I'd like to figure out a way to, after the macro crawls all the links on the page, fire another URL (basically outside the loop).

Is this possible? Thanks in advance.
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