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Troubleshooting Automator: Automator's Log

By  Dec 9, 2008

Topics: Apple, Operating Systems

When running a workflow in Automator, errors can and will occur from time to time.  Unfortunately, diagnosing these errors is sometimes easier said than done. 

When running a workflow in Automator, errors can and will occur from time to time.  Unfortunately, diagnosing these errors is sometimes easier said than done.  When an action encounters an error, the alert displayed by Automator is usually somewhat cryptic, indicating something to the effect of “Some action encountered an error. Check the action’s properties and try running the workflow again.”  This is not a very helpful message, in my opinion.


For more useful details on the error that occurred, try consulting Automator’s log area instead.  Here, you’ll find a list of steps the workflow performed, including actions that ran successfully, and errors encountered.  While the log won’t always give you a crystal clear description of the problem, it will often provide enough details for troubleshooting.  You can display Automator’s log by choosing View > Log from the menu bar.


Check back tomorrow for another Automator troubleshooting tip!

For more on Automator, check out my book Automator for Automator for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide, as well as my video podcast series Mac Automation Made Simple.