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Yes, I'm having a terrible newbie experience with Apple Script.

I need to open a new Terminal window in the current desktop space. NOT move me to another space which has a Terminal running and then open another Terminal window.

Of course, if Terminal is not running then it should start a new Terminal process.

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tell application "Terminal"  
    do script " "  
end tell

It seems weird but it takes advantage of an oddity in how Terminal handles incoming "do script" commands; it creates a new window for each one. You could actually replace that with something useful if you want; it'll execute whatever you want just after opening the new window.

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Thank you very much! I'm just happy that it does what I want. –  zaf Nov 11 '10 at 15:00
This works but OSX still moves spaces automatically to whatever space had open terminal windows. If I disable that feature in system preferences it fixes it but now all my other applications no longer move me to a space with open windows for that app. I hate launching an app only to find that no windows appear, just the menu bar at the top shows that application has focus. So bizarre. –  Alex Ford Nov 25 '13 at 23:39

If you don't have any text in-between the do script " " you won't get an extra command prompt in the terminal.

tell application "Terminal"  
    do script ""  
end tell
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I think it's okay if we leave it as an answer – you could alternatively suggest an edit on @jfm's answer to further improve it and delete yours. –  slhck Nov 29 '11 at 20:55

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