by Morgan Aldridge email@example.com
A small collection of command line tools that I've developed for Mac OS X over the years, à la NextStep/Mac OS X's
pbpaste, etc. These are mostly
bash scripts as an exercise in honing my bash-fu.
clipcat prints and concatenates Mac OS Text Clippings. Submitted by David Kendal https://gist.github.com/705623.
dict performs a look-up in Mac OS X's included dictionary. Note: unlike the other scripts provided, this one requires that you have MacRuby installed http://macruby.org/.
eject ejects a volume or network volume and all other volumes on the same local device. A shorter, simpler, smarter wrapper of
diskutil's various eject/unmount options and allows specifying either a full path in /Volumes or just the volume name.
swuser switches users using Mac OS X's Fast User Switching feature. You can either switch out to the login window or to another user. Note: unfortunately, this is not currently compatible with
trash allows trashing of files instead of tempting fate with
rm. Correctly handles trashing files on other volumes, uses the same filename renaming scheme as Finder for duplicate file names, can list trash contents w/disk usage summary, and empty trash (including securely) w/confirmation. Does not require Finder to be running.
with sets the application with which specified documents will be opened. It can even change and open in one fell swoop. Submitted by David Kendal.
- Download and extract the tools.
rake install-- this will require you to be an administrator.
Looking for other Mac OS X-specific command line tools to complement these? Check out the following:
launchby Nicholas Riley
trashby Ali Rantakari
ilocby Nate Weaver
Special thanks to: David Kendal for all his submissions and collaboration; Matt Brictson for his relative path bug fix in