In case you're feeling adventurous

In case you’re thinking of taking the plunge into 10.15, there seems to be an issue where POSIX path is returning incorrect results for directories. For example:

POSIX path of path to desktop



That colon shouldn’t be there, and this is likely to break an awful lot of scripts.

Shane, thanks for sharing, but you gave me a scare.
No mention of “Catalina” in the title or body. The small tag line is very easy to miss.

I assume you reported this bug?

Yes, it’s been logged. And I edited the message…

FYI, I asked an Apple employee yesterday if there is anything wrt AppleScript in 10.15. His reply was:

“No new features, a number of smallish bug fixes. There are two significant (potential) compatibility issues:

1. The dedicated System partition means many system folder locations have changed. If you’re hard-coding them, stop, and use “path to” instead.

2. “do shell script with administrator privileges” has a new implementation that improves security. However, it also precludes presenting UI from within the privileged command. Break the command apart so the privileged part is as small as possible.”

Radar early; radar often!


Or as it is now: Feedback early; Feedback often!

Doesn’t have quite the same ring…

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I am still not finished with working around all the Mojave limitations… How about:

Can we use OSAXs like Satimage as an “application” or is this killed in Catalina?
Are we still allowed to use Script Libraries?
Can we disable SIP?

So far, the Feedback system is giving me even less information, with outright two errors. Now I need to find if there is a process for giving feedback about Feedback.

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It looks like the answer is yes on all counts.

I doubt that’s necessary. What I’ve seen so far is that while the new Data volume that contains the user-modifiable part of the boot volume lurks in a new location (/System/Volumes/Data), Apple has taken care to match all the old paths up with it, so that you can find the SAME item now at both the old path (such as /Users/yourname/Desktop) as well as at the new path (/System/Volumes/Data/Users/yourname/Desktop). So, it appears all the known paths are still there, on purpose. But maybe the Apple guy meant something else?

Huh, I wonder what that means - My app Find Any File restarts itself (i.e. the entire app) with that old and deprecated API to get root access to all files, and yet its UI is still functioning well on 10.15b1.

Does one file an AppleScript bug using “Something else not on this list”? Asking for a friend

Yes, sadly. I posted a Feedback item on the lack of AppleScript as a topic — it might be helpful if others did the same.