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In Windows, from a Shell you can type in 'start' to open another shell instance. What is the equivalent command in OS X?

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This is a superuser question. – user135 Oct 27 '09 at 9:07
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⌘N (Command+N).

For the other use of start, to open arbitrary files with their associated application, use open on OS X.

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+1 .... side question what's the equivalent of windows Command-R to start programs like an initial shell? Right now, I use spotlight or google desktop shell. – Kenny Oct 27 '09 at 9:20
I use spotlight, Command+Space, type a few letters, select top hit. Some people use a launcher like Quicksilver for this purpose. – Greg Hewgill Oct 27 '09 at 9:25
I use/love Google's quick search box (similar to Quicksilver, made by the author of Quicksilver who now works for google...): – Zoran Oct 28 '09 at 6:42

From Finder to the following:

  1. Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal (This opens he terminal application).
  2. To open a new terminal window ⌘N (Command +N)
  3. To open a new tab within the existing window ⌘T (Command+T)
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open /Applications/Utilities/
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Although I suspect that command-N is what you were after, there is also a unix command called screen you can use to detach and attach console sessions. Type man screen to read up on how it works.

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open /Applications/Utilities/ will open a window if there is none, but it won't start another Terminal instance.

osascript -e "tell app \"terminal\"" -e "do script\"\"" -e "end tell" will tell the running instance to open a new window.

Ugly, but functional.

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