Mac::Apps::Launch - Mac module to launch /quit applications
use Mac::Apps::Launch; my @apps = qw(R*ch Arch MPGP); my $path = "HD:System Folder:Finder"; LaunchApps([@apps], 1) or warn $^E; # launch and switch to front LaunchApps([@apps]) or warn $^E; # launch and don't switch LaunchApps($app, 1) or warn $^E; # launch and switch to front LaunchSpecs($path, 1) or warn $^E; # use path instead of app ID QuitApps(@apps) or warn $^E; # quit all @apps QuitAllApps(@apps) or warn $^E; # quit all except @apps IsRunning('MACS'); # returns boolean for whether # given app ID is running SetFront('MACS') or warn $^E; # set Finder to front Hide('MACS') or warn $^E; # hide Finder Show('Finder', 1) or warn $^E; # show Finder (1 == use name)
Simply launch or quit applications by their creator ID. The Finder can be quit in this way, though it cannot be launched in this way.
This module is used by many other modules.
This module as written does not work with MacPerls prior to 5.1.4r4.
Show do not currently work on Mac OS X.
Apps that don't have signatures under Mac OS X currently aren't handled, except with LaunchSpecs().
IsRunning can take a four-char creator ID ('MACS'), a bundle ID ('com.apple.Finder'), or a path (/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app). They both optionally take a second parameter which affirms that the data is indeed a path (for those rare cases where a path might possibly look like a creator ID or bundle ID ... you never know).
IsRunning will return the PSN of the application if it is running, which you can then use for targetting the app, or converting to a PID (with
Mac::Processes::GetProcessPID()), to send signals to it.
Chris Nandor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, http://pudge.net/
Copyright (c) 1999-2005 Chris Nandor. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.