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  1. Oh geeze. I completely didn't know that cog was a button. Also, I don't have "Automatically expand snippets" checked, so it seems very surprising to me to bury preferences that have nothing to do with auto-expansion in that spot, though I guess it's because it's right next to the (I assume) pre-existing "After Auto Expansion" option. Anyway, thanks!
  2. The v3.4.1 release notes say I can't find this option anywhere. Where is it? I also don't know what "(option shared with snip keyword)" means; I tried turning off the "snip" keyword option and that didn't affect the clipboard contents.
  3. @Andrew Excellent. I'll check that out now. Incidentally, the first line of the change log for the pre-release has a typo ("exapnsion"). As for reporting it, you could do that, but I'm honestly not sure how they're supposed to know that clipboard changes are complete. I can erase the clipboard now, then write one piece of data to it, then a bit later on add more data to the clipboard, and there's no way for me to say that I'm "done" mucking with it.
  4. What if you call `clearContents()`, then add an artificial delay, then `writeObjects()`? As long as ownership didn't change in the meantime, could this cause Alfred to see the change count increase with nothing on the pasteboard, and then have the pasteboard populate shortly afterwards?
  5. I just tested copying from Maps and then printing out NSPasteboard.general().types and I get the expected types. So maybe it's just something weird like there being a very short delay in between you getting notified of a change (how do you get notified anyway?) and Maps actually declaring the types properly?
  6. If I press ⌘⌥C in Maps, which is just Copy Link, then Alfred clipboard history works correctly. But this produces the same pasteboard as regular Copy, just without the image. The presence of a large image shouldn't cause Alfred to skip saving the plain text.
  7. If I search for a place in Maps and hit ⌘C, it copies both an image of the map, as well as plain text that contains a URL like https://maps.apple.com/?address=826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States&auid=7989913039222126743&ll=37.781586,-122.402010&lsp=9902&q=Zero Zero&t=m. I have Alfred configured to save plain text, so I would expect Alfred's Clipboard History to retain the URL there, but it doesn't. Alfred doesn't keep any history of URLs copied from Maps.app. I've tested this with "Keep Images" enabled and with it disabled, and in neither case does Alfred save the history. And I don't have Maps configured in the Ignore Apps section.
  8. Your "consistent behavior" is my "broken behavior". You're telling me you're doing extra work to ensure there's no way for me to get un-normalized text, and that's extremely annoying. I feel like you don't actually understand my problem. I don't want normalized text. If I needed a particular normalization, I'd do it. But I want to pass the input exactly as provided to my script, because my script behaves differently when providing composed vs decomposed characters, and that behavior difference is very important. If I try to pass it a composed character, it should be given that composed character. And if I try to pass it decomposed characters, it should be given decomposed characters. I have a suggestion for an alternative workaround here. What if you added a third option for input, to pass it in via stdin (instead of argv or {query})? Then you could simply not normalize the stdin approach, because it's far less likely to be used for filenames than it is to be used for arbitrary text. And NSTask won't normalize for you here. As an aside, I just tested and it appears that current script actions are executed without closing off stdin. I made a script that ran `cat` as part of its processing, and the script never completed. I would have expected Alfred to run scripts with stdin either closed directly or connected to /dev/null, so that way anything that tries to read from stdin won't hang forever.
  9. Also, I have no idea what you're suggesting wth Write Text File. My workflow is a Script Filter workflow. There doesn't appear to be any way I can possibly get the input argument passed to my workflow without normalization. Alfred's behavior here is completely ******* with my workflow for no good reason and I don't see a workaround.
  10. What's the point of deliberately normalizing, though? In nearly all cases it won't matter, it just screws with cases like my workflow where I explicitly care about the difference.
  11. In most cases OS X does not normalize your text either way. HFS+ prefers NFD. NSTask here is the only other case I can think of where it's forcing your text to NFD, and even that was a complete surprise to me. The only justification I can think of for why is if it's using -[NSString fileSystemRepresentation] to create the C strings that it passes to the underlying POSIX APIs, and the only real reason to do that is to handle the weird edge cases with programs that accept input and then do byte-wise comparisons against the filesystem (as opposed to passing the string to the filesystem APIs and letting them do the comparison). But in general, OS X doesn't care if you're using composed or decomposed strings. If you write a script to a file, and then invoke that script via NSTask, the NSTask APIs never actually see the input string and therefore won't have a chance to decompose it. Why? There's no need for normalization in most cases. There's certainly no benefit to normalizing the arguments passed to Alfred workflows. And so whether it's composed or decomposed doesn't matter. That's not an argument for decomposing strings. That's jut an argument for using unicode canonical equivalence when comparing strings.
  12. What does HFS+ filenames have to do with passing arguments to the command-line? It does appear, though, that NSTask does convert arguments to NFD, though I have no idea why that would be. I'm also not sure why that's particularly relevant here; I'm passing the input using {query}, not as arguments, so presumably Alfred is dynamically constructing a script that embeds my input and then running that script, which means NSTask doesn't ever see the input directly (and therefore cannot convert it to NFD). Edit: Or is Alfred evaluating the script by passing it to /bin/bash -c, and therefore the whole script is handled as an argument? It should return whatever input I give it. It shouldn't be converting my input into either NFD or NFC form, just using it as-is. I'll grant you in most cases it won't really matter, but in some cases, like my workflow here, the difference is very important.
  13. It looks like Alfred is automatically converting workflow arguments into decomposed form. I swear it didn't used to do this, but I can't be certain. I've created a workflow you can use to test this. The workflow is invoked with the "char" keyword and shows the unicode codepoints for the workflow argument. If I paste in a precomposed character, the workflow shows me the info for the decomposed form. I've verified by running the workflow binary in the Terminal that the workflow does properly handle precomposed characters, so it must be Alfred decomposing it. To test, install the workflow and type "char 각". It should return U+AC01 HANGUL SYLLABLE GAG but instead it returns U+1100 HANGUL CHOSEONG KIYEOK, U+1161 HANGUL JUNGSEONG A, U+11A8 HANGUL JONGSEONG KIYEOK.
  14. Good point. I sure wish AppleScript simply had a `paste` command :/
  15. I just tested, if I use Apple script to explicitly click the "Paste" menu item, then the application pastes before the Apple Script continues, which allows me to immediately set the clipboard again without delay. But of course this does require assistive access. I should probably just grant that to Alfred 3 and use this technique. But you are right, if I keystroke ⌘V with Apple Script, it does not wait, and therefore I would have to introduce a delay in order to set the clipboard. Ah, that would make sense. Very cool, thanks. I do wish Alfred had a built-in way to "paste to frontmost application" without modifying the clipboard, by using assistive access in order to click the Paste menu item, seeing as that does wait for the application to handle the paste before returning. But at least now I know how to work around this with Apple Script.
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