DevJuice: Embed shell commands in an .app wrapper and other dev command line tricks
The other day, I was chatting with some Mac devs. One of them asked how to set up an App wrapper to run a custom shell script from the desktop.
I use a script called appify created by Thomas Aylott and Mathias Bynens. It does little more than create the app bundle folder structure (top level.app/Contents/MacOS), copy the shell script, and then set its execute flag.
I always keep a link around to the top level of the latest SDK:
- lrwxr-xr-x 1 ericasadun staff 106 Jul 8 18:58 sdk@ -> /Applications/Xcode[REDACTED]-DP3.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS[REDACTED].sdk
and a second link to bring me right to UIKit headers.
- lrwxr-xr-x 1 ericasadun staff 71 Jul 8 18:58 headers@ -> /Users/ericasadun/sdk/System/Library/Frameworks/UIKit.framework/Headers
By staging these as two items, I never have to update my headers symbolic link. I just modify the "sdk" one as new betas roll out.
Another great dev symbolic link to have on hand takes you right to the simulator folder, so you can preload photos, access files, and so forth:
- lrwxr-xr-x 1 ericasadun staff 62 Nov 18 2012 sim@ -> /Users/ericasadun/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator
Got some favorite dev-centric command line utilities? Drop a note in the comments.
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