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Following this answer I have created a custom service that executes a shell script that looks like this:

open -a FireFox "$1"

It works fine when I click. Then I defined a custom shortcut for it, ( L), and when I use that, the script seems to get executed twice (two tabs open, both showing the desired page). How can I fix that?

Edit: This only seems to happen when I invoce the service using the shortcut from within FireFox.

Edit 2: This gets weirder and weirder. I now created a second script for looking up stuff in Google, and bound it to the hotkey T. Now when I press that, it actually opens both my custom services. I have no idea why this happens.

Also, I removed both the hotkeys temporarily to check if they were used, but nothing happened when I pressed them.

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I wonder if somehow an extension or something in firefox already is using the cmd-shift-L shortcut? – Robert S Ciaccio Jan 28 '11 at 0:02
I checked, and it does not seem to be the case. – Björn Pollex Jan 28 '11 at 10:12

Strange… maybe trying to rebuild your services menu (and then restarting) will help? See the top answer here:

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Rather than a direct answer to your question, why don't you try something like Alfred which allows you to setup custom web queries which are a keyboard shortcut away.

Custom Search Pane

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