Textmate File Open tip: type a forward slash, get an open path box
Yesterday I discovered, entirely by accident, that
I’m sure everyone in the world already knew this, but I’m still pretty new to Textmate, and even though I have the excellent Textmate book, there are only so many tips and shortcuts your brain can pick up at once.
It turns out that ordinary Finder windows also have a shortcut to get a path text entry box, but it’s not nearly as intuitive ( command-shift-G) as a simple /, and the tab completion is not as nice, because it tries to discourage you from getting into the guts of your computer. For example, in Textmate, if you type /u – tab, it gives you /usr; in the Finder, it tries to give you /Users . I understand that this makes sense for the average Finder user, but it’s still oddly disorienting.
Through the wonders of google, I just found out that there’s a way to make your Finder stop hiding root:
As you know, the Finder hides the standard Unix files and folders from you. You can “Go To Folder…” and type in the name of the folder such as /var/log, but that’s fiddly and you still don’t see the “dot” files, so for any serious session, it’s probably easier to drop into Terminal. Except, there’s a terminal command that will make all files and folders display in your Finder.
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool trueet voila
This works, I’ve tried it, but then I put it back the way it was because I decided I really didn’t want my dad mucking around in
root while he’s checking his email. (Sorry, Dad.)
It’s easy to forget that the windowing system is just a windowing system — it’s not the OS. And that Finder is just an application. And that even the command prompt, which I am comfortable enough in (but not like Max, who is really one of the best commandline geeks I’ve ever known) is just a shell. Abstractions on top of abstractions, and all of them leaky…
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