Augmenting an automatic backup for OS X

I maintain a local wiki full of important information. A calendar script is kicked off every day at a certain time which backs it up to an external drive. When it’s done, it emails me to let me know if was successful. It works really well. However, sometimes I would like to kick that backup myself, whenever I’d like to.

Using Automator (which is the source for the calendar triggered backup script), a tiny bit of AppleScript, and an email rule in, I can easily email an account with a rule associated with it – and when it’s triggered, kicks off the Automator Workflow. It’s awesome. Awe.Some.

The mail script (from the rule):

tell application "System Events"
	tell process "Finder"
		keystroke space
	end tell
end tell
delay 1
tell application "System Events"
	keystroke "<yourpassword>" & return
end tell
do shell script "automator /Users/<pathtoworkflow>"
delay 5
tell application "System Events" to start current screen saver


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