Open TextEdit from command line on Mac OS X 10.6 Leopard

I found other articles online which mention editing ~/.bash.rc and ~./bash_profile but these are more work than necessary.

Simply use:

open -e [filename]

However, I noticed this functionality has some limitations concerning the files edited.

After trying the following commands on a secure file, it still would not save after making changes.

sudo open -e [filename]

sudo chmod 777 [filename]
sudo open -e [filename]

sudo chown -R [currentusershortname]:staff [filename]
sudo open -e [filename]

open -e [filename]

If you run into this issue where you cannot save after opening the file or any others with TextEdit, an awesome alternative and what I ultimately used is the tried and true vi.

See my “vi keyboard shortcuts quick reference” article for more info.

vi keyboard shortcuts quick reference,


About Ronnie Diaz

Ronnie Diaz is an enterprise software engineer responsible for front-end and back-end development for companies in many industries. Heavily involved in cloud development, online retail, e-commerce and electronic ordering, fulfillment and customer relational systems.

Posted on April 14, 2011, in Programming & Development and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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