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I know I'm supposed to be able to type open -a Terminal . to get a new Terminal window running in the current directory. But it doesn't seem to work for me; I get this:

Last login: Wed Aug 27 06:52:21 on ttys001
jason-cpu1:~ jason$ /Users/jason ; exit;
-bash: /Users/jason: is a directory
logout

It looks like the Terminal program wants to run a command and then exit. How can I tell it not to do this?


On the other hand, if I use an explicit path to the Terminal app, it works fine:

open -n /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app

Why the difference in behavior?

  • Take a look: superuser.com/questions/127117/… – duDE Aug 27 '14 at 14:21
  • No, I've already been there. It's the same topic but the standard answer isn't working for some reason. – Jason S Aug 27 '14 at 14:38
  • Have you tried the solution with the script? It is not a standard answer ... – duDE Aug 27 '14 at 14:39
  • That's not my question. The technique open -a Terminal . is supposed to work. I want to know why it's not working in my case, and how to fix it. – Jason S Aug 27 '14 at 14:40
  • Neither open -n /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app /tmp or open -a Terminal /tmp opened a new terminal with the current directory set to /tmp for me. On the other hand, both open -a Terminal and open -n /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app opened a new Terminal with the current directory set to the current directory. – ssnobody Aug 27 '14 at 17:16

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