In my text editor, I have bound a shortcut key to deploy my code by invoking a command like

/usr/bin/open /Users/blahblah/run_deploy

That deploy script uploads my code to my server etc. I am using "open" so that I can see the output in a new terminal window in case there are any errors. Very convenient, but in the end it leaves the terminal window open with text "[Process completed]".

Any way to skip this and instead just automatically close the window?

Terminal process completed

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    Give that you've set Terminal to close the window when the shell exits, it sounds like a Terminal issue. Have you tried deleting the preference file com.apple.Terminal.plist from your Preferences folder and tried setting it again?
    – Chealion
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 18:47
  • Do you still have this problem?
    – Daniel Beck
    Commented Dec 9, 2010 at 12:50

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In Terminal Preferences, in Profiles pane select the Profile you use (should say "default" under it's name), select sub-pane Shell and change «When the shell exits:» to «Close if the shell exited cleanly».

It will not hide the [Process completed] message, but will close the window if exit code was successful.

  • For some reason I cannot change the settings in that terminal window. If I change them in another terminal window and "use as default", still they are not used in the new terminal window. Here's what the new terminal window looks like: i.imgur.com/u3tk4.png
    – Bemmu
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 12:34
  • First to make testing faster run following: echo 'say hello' > test; chmod +x test (it will create executable which will say hello), running open test or double-clicking it in finder will run it with terminal by default. On your screenshot none of schemes is selected (don't know how, I can't unselect all of them), so select Basic as it is marked «Default», and set closing setting, then try running script.
    – tig
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 17:57
  • Thanks, but that also didn't work: i.imgur.com/cCo49.png
    – Bemmu
    Commented Jul 8, 2010 at 3:36
  • Which os version do you use (don't know if it can be related, I use 10.6.4)? Maybe this is due unread mail? Try using mail to read it. Maybe something wrong with logout? Do you have ~/.bash_logout file, if yes, what is inside? Try running bash -c exit && echo 'ok' — you should see 'ok', also try just run exit in new shell — it should close the window. Do you use window groups? i.imgur.com/thPNV.png
    – tig
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 14:56
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    Could you put a "killall Terminal" command at the end of your script or something? I know that'll close the window no matter what, but you can at least watch what's going on DURING the script's run (and you could also push the output to a log, just in case).
    – jrc03c
    Commented Jul 12, 2010 at 20:33

Repairing permissions via the Disk utility app solved the problem for me.

I kept seeing the error in the Console app:

20/08/2015 01:17:42.318 login[3291]: in pam_sm_open_session(): Unable to write the utmp record.

What worked for me on my Mac was:

Terminal>Shell>Reset or you can use the shortcut (Option+Command+R)

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