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Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

Terminal is a great application. And we usually use Terminal for editing scripts and invoking things. But what about invoking Terminal from, well, Terminal. For starters, let’s look at opening a Terminal session to the root of the boot volume (aka /): open -a Terminal / The -a option, when used with the open command, allows you to define which application that the item defined in the following position will open in. For example, you could open an XML file in Xcode open -a Xcode /usr/share/postgresql/pg_hba.conf.sample You could then open Terminal by passing other commands into the command. For example, to open a new Terminal window to the current working directory: open -a Terminal `pwd` Of course, you could accomplish the same thing with: open -a Terminal . Or pass the output of other commands through the open command. For example, the following command opens a new file in TextEdit that contains the output of an ls command: ls | open -f Adding -g to any of this leaves the new window in the background rather than bringing it to the foreground, which is the default behavior. Finally, open can also be used to open URLs, but I’ve covered that sort of use for open in the past.

December 21st, 2011

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