I finally made the jump and got a MacBook, and I'm trying to move in. I have the OSX port of gedit installed, but I'm having trouble adding it to my PATH. My current PATH looks like this:

export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/Applications/gedit.app/Contents/MacOS/gedit:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH

as per a comment here.

  • OK, reading the comment I may have misunderstood the question. Can you clarify what you want to do? – Loïc Wolff Apr 1 '11 at 14:30
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    If you really want to "make the jump", I recommend a real Mac-centric editor, TextMate. It comes with a shell command that'll launch it, "mate", it's free, and it's significantly superior to gedit (and most other editors, IMHO.) You'll ease your transition into loving OSX if you accept doing things differently, starting with dumping your Gnome apps. – nix Apr 1 '11 at 14:38
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    @nix Textmate is not free. It's like $40. – Loïc Wolff Apr 1 '11 at 14:59
  • @loic-wolff Oh, so it is. Well worth it!! I guess i bought it so long ago, i forgot, LOL – nix Apr 1 '11 at 15:03
  • But I agree with @nix. Try to look for a native app. Fraiseapp (fraiseapp.com) is really nice and free. And if you really like it, Smultron which has the same core is on the App Store for only a few bucks. – Loïc Wolff Apr 1 '11 at 15:04

You only need to add the path to the folder containing the gedit binary, not the path to the binary.

Try this

export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/Applications/gedit.app/Contents/MacOS:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH

Note: On OS X, you don't need /Application apps to be in the PATH to launch them.

open -a gedit

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