1. Specific website
  2. Every morning despite laptop being closed overnight (launchctl can handle this)
  3. Foreground - must come to my attention, even if I have multiple spaces/desktops
  4. New instance of chrome (not necessary, but preferable)

When I try open http://superuser.com in a desktop/space that doesn't have Chrome already open, I see it fail the cases, 3. & 4.. What happens is that a tab opens within an existing Chrome instance in another space/desktop quietly in the background.

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    Trying to get that fanatic badge eh? ;) – Insane Oct 14 '15 at 4:42
  • Other than bringing it up on the foreground, my request isn't too crazy. I just wanted to specify all my requirements ahead of time to be clear. – barrrista Oct 14 '15 at 4:44

Here's what I came up with. Was simpler than I thought.

Create shell script daily_goals.sh:


# this is needed to launch Chrome as a new window. Since it's a new window, it will open in the foreground in current space/desktop. 
open -n -a Google\ Chrome 

# this sleeps for 1 second. It's necessary because otherwise the website, called below, will open in existing Chrome window, which may be located in another desktop. I think sleeping lets the next `open` call find the newly opened Chrome window, and replace the new tab with the provided website. 
sleep 1 

# the website I provided. 
open http://joesgoals.com 

Create /Library/LaunchDaemons/daily_goals.plist:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
<plist version="1.0">

Add to launchctl:

launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/daily_goals.plist

In summary, this launches joesgoals.com every morning at 7am in a newly opened Chrome instance. If the laptop is asleep at 7am, it should open JoesGoals when the laptop is resumed from sleep. I'll update later if I see any quirks resuming osx in different desktops/spaces (with or without Chrome). Hoping it won't be an issue.

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