According to the Atom Flight Manual, I should be able to start Atom in safe mode with $ atom --safe but the atom binary is not in my path. Nor can I locate it on the filesystem. The application folder has an atom.sh file but I get this message when I try to run it:

The application /Applications cannot be opened because its executable is missing.

I installed Atom using the mac package from https://atom.io/. What am I missing?

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The issue was that the executable is spelled with an uppercase "A". Not lowercase "atom" as they have in the manual. So this command worked:

$ /Applications/Atom.app/Contents/MacOS/Atom --safe

Edit: I just discovered that choosing "Atom" > "Install Shell Commands" from the menu will create the symlinks necessary for the atom command line application to work.

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