Automator Time Out Cocoa error.

When configuring Automator to Upload or Sync large files, Automator can experience an error: “The action “Synchronize” encountered an error: “The operation couldn’t be completed. (Cocoa error -1)”. We’ve also seen this error present as: -1712, -1753, and -1. -1 being the most common.

Unfortunately, Apple has instituted a 2-minute timeout for Automator actions in 10.14 and 10.15. We’ve reported this to Apple, but at this time, there is not a fix or workaround.

Here’s everything you need to know to schedule your file syncs to happen automatically in Transmit 5, using Apple’s Automator (included with macOS).

This article was last updated on April 2, 2021