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I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts

But it seems to have a lot of bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config file. Are there any good alternatives out there to add *.app properly to the dock ?

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Do you have the latest version? Latest version : – henri Apr 6 '15 at 0:52

Open Applications / Utilities / AppleScript Editor and paste this:

my add_item_to_dock(choose file of type {"APPL"} with prompt "Choose an application to add to the Dock:")
on add_item_to_dock(item_path)
        get item_path as alias -- you need a POSIX path so this coerces the path in case it's an HFS path, alias, file ref, etc.
        set item_path to POSIX path of item_path
    end try
        tell application "Dock" to quit
    end try
    do shell script "defaults write persistent-apps -array-add '<dict><key>tile-data</key><dict><key>file-data</key><dict><key>_CFURLString</key><string>" & item_path & "</string><key>_CFURLStringType</key><integer>0</integer></dict></dict></dict>'"
        tell application "Dock" to activate
    end try
end add_item_to_dock

Save it as Script or Application.

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Can i directly use it in my "normal" shell script as function ? Or won't it work because its apple script – Dukeatcoding Sep 18 '12 at 7:41
To Run and AppleScript from shell you'll need to use the osascript command. You can either call the AppleScript directly (osascript -e 'applescript command') or run the script (osascript script.scpt). If you are parsing the AppleScript directly, you'll need to rephrase it so it can be run in one line. – Thecafremo Sep 18 '12 at 7:59
You can also include newlines in the argument after -e, get the script from stdin, or use a HEREDOC. – user495470 Sep 18 '12 at 8:40

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