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SleepWatcher is a command line tool (daemon) for Mac OS X that monitors sleep, wakeup and idleness of a Mac. It can be used to execute a Unix command when the Mac or the display of the Mac goes to sleep mode or wakes up or after a given time without user interaction. It also can send the Mac to sleep mode or retrieve the time since last user activity. A StartupItem, sample start and sleep scripts and the source code for sleepwatcher are included in the download. A little bit knowledge of the Unix command line is required to benefit from this software.

What's New

Version 2.2:
  • Added the -c and -R options; improved specification of the command line syntax for SleepWatcher

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Briand Member IconReview+33
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This does exactly what I need and works well. Granted, it takes a bit of work to install and configure compared to GUI apps, but that shouldn't stop someone who needs such functionality to spend the time to work it out. However, if you'd rather use a GUI app, there's Scenario in the App Store. Many thanks to the developer for taking the time to create and share this useful utility.

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Version 2.2
Cowicide Member IconComment+1131
Cowicide
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I like SleepWatcher, but I really wish someone would take this concept into a user-friendly realm where you can simply install this, have basic options within a simple GUI for running apps, etc. after your computer wakes up with no need for using terminal.

People would purchase a product like that.

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Version 2.2
Wanderer Member IconReview+57
Wanderer
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This is way too geeky, people who can use this don't need it. Put a human interface on it however and you have a winner.

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Version 2.2
Dorkypants Member IconComment+118
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2.1.2 What's new: the version history in the README file indicates this is a Lion-compatibility releasse

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Version 2.1.2
Dorkypants Member IconReview+118
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The ReadMe.rtf file included in the download tarball says:

fixed a bug in argument parsing (when using only the -P or -U option, SleepWatcher 2.1 complained about „no useful options“); now the idle timer (for the -t -i option) is reset when the Mac wakes up, so the idle command is executed even when the wakeup took place without user interactivity (scheduled wakeup or Wake On LAN)

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Version 2.1.1
Dorkypants Member IconComment+118
Dorkypants
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The README file in the distribution says, under Version History:

added -b -r, -P and -U options; removed the installer packages and switched to launchd for starting SleepWatcher
(SleepWatcher 2.1 runs with Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6)

So, it's mostly a Leopard and Snow Leopard compatibility release. The developer's website still recommends 2.0.5 for Tiger and Panther

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Version 2.1
Pieteropie Member IconComment+97
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I don't know if I like the idea of my computer playing with itself while it should be sleeping. It's not decent. The other peripherals might talk.........

No. Not for my boy. Signed Disgusted.

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Version 2.1
m2atmac Member IconComment+2
m2atmac
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This doesn't seem to be working under OS 10.5.4

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Version 2.0.5
John-Sawyer-CJS Member IconComment+86
John-Sawyer-CJS
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This doesn't seem to be working under OS 10.5.2.

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Version 2.0.5
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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this program sounds awesome!

I am a lab admin, this would be great could set machines to re-image, but only say if they have been left alone for a couple of hours, if the imaging is being done in the early morning.

Plus all kinds of other neat stuff could be attached to the machine not being in use, IE, become part of a cluster, or start some maintenance.


Please fix the links I am interested!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Version 2.0.1
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Version 2.1.1
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Downloads 14,365
Version Downloads 3,763
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 28 Aug 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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