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Opening Xterm to the path selected in Finder

The following Applescript can be used to open an Xterm to the path selected in the Finder.  It is modified from the very useful website of Michael Eichberg.

It can be used very effectively by 1) Opening the AppleScript Editor, entering the text, and saving it as an application, and 2) Dragging the application into the Finder's toolbar.  Then you can simply select folders and click the application OpenXterm in the toolbar and an xterm will open to that directory. See Michael's page for detailed pictures of how to do this.

(* Handler that activates the terminal app if necessary, 
and executes a "cd" command to switch to the given 
folder / path. *)
on openXTerm(quoted_path)
tell application "X11"
activate
end tell
tell application "System Events"
tell process "X11"
tell menu bar 1
tell menu bar item "Applications"
tell menu "Applications"
click menu item "Terminal"
end tell
end tell
end tell
delay 0.5
tell window frontmost
keystroke "cd " & quoted_path
key code 36
end tell
end tell
end tell
(*do script with command "cd " & quoted_path*)
end openXTerm

(* Opens a new terminal window with the current directory 
set to the folder selected by the user in the finder. If the 
user has selected multiple folders, a new window is opened 
for each folder. 
If the user has selected a file, the file's containing folder is
used. If multiple files in the same directory are selected, 
only one terminal window is opened and the directory is 
set to the folder containing the files. *)
tell application "Finder"
set sels to selection
if sels is not {} then
-- set of paths for which we have already opened 
-- a terminal window
set opened to {}
repeat with sel in sels
-- convert to an alias to be able to 
-- test if the selected item is a folder
set sel to sel as alias
try
-- if this selected item is not a folder an 
-- exception is thrown
exists folder sel
on error
set sel to (container of sel)
end try
-- convert the current path to a POSIX 
-- (UNIX) path.
set sel to sel as text
set p to POSIX path of sel
-- quote to handle directories with white 
-- spaces
set qp to p
set qp to quoted form of p
if opened does not contain qp then
openXTerm(qp) of me
set opened to opened & {qp}
end if
end repeat
else
(display dialog ¬
"You have to select a folder." with title ¬
"Error" with icon stop ¬
buttons {"OK"})
end if
end tell
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