How can I add a comment in the script in Automator in OS X? I've tried many variants but they don't work.

  • Are you talking about spotlight comments ?
    – clhy
    Nov 5, 2015 at 19:25
  • What is spotlight comments?
    – Dmitry
    Nov 6, 2015 at 8:29

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Based on the crickets chirping here, I'm going to guess that there are no built-in non-acting actions. There is a simple workaround, however:

Create a comments-only script

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If you don't like the # syntax, there's also bash multiline syntax

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…or for a more muted effect, the Run Javascript and Run Applescript panes use gray for comments…

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Of course, any time your compilable "comment scripts" haven't yet compiled—such as just after opening—you'll get a lovely shade of purple instead of gray. Which could be kinda cool, depending on your preferences.

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    There are a few other things you can do to make a “Run…” action more comment-like. Open the action’s Options and check “Ignore this action’s input”, right-click the action and choose Rename to add a title to your action like “Run Shell Script (comment: why I did it this way)”, and right-click the action and choose Disable so the workflow won’t spend time running an empty action. You might prefer not to Disable the action, since that also collapses the comment text. Apr 15, 2019 at 19:56

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