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Get a file's path onto the Clipboard as a Service using Applescript and Automator
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Here's a super simple way to copy a file's name from the Finder to the clipboard as a Unix style path.

Create an Automator service that runs a short Applescript like so:


The interesting part is using the function POSIX PATH:

on run {input, parameters}
set posix_path to POSIX path of input
return posix_path
end run


A bunch of great posts helped out, but particularly this great one:

http://www.satimage.fr/software/en/smile/external_codes/file_paths.html

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