TL;DR: I need to replace the dashboard with a terminal emulator.


I need to 'rearrange spaces' so a terminal emulator gets first from the left before the desktop, where the dashboard used to be. I thought of making an Automator app which would launch iTerm2, put it in fullscreen mode and put its space to the leftmost, but I can't even get the terminal to enter full screen. I tried all I know to do with defaults-write. Months ago, I scratched an AppleScript that failed, which I don't find anymore. I searched for a way to force-reorder and refresh Spaces so the terminal is placed first. I also looked if Spaces can be hacked to reserve a given space for a given app. I found nothing.

What -- I think -- must be done:

  1. OK Disable Dashboard.
  2. OK Set Mission Control not to work like Exposé.
  3. OK Launch say iTerm2 at login.
    1. KO Automatically make it enter full screen.
    2. KO Reorder the spaces to place it first leftmost, before the Desktop.
  4. KO If done in foreground, go back to Desktop.

What I did so far:

  • First, I disabled Dashboard by entering defaults write com.apple.dock dashboard-in-overlay -bool TRUE && defaults write com.apple.dock mru-spaces -bool FALSE.
    • Also, I disabled spaces autoreordering with defaults write com.apple.dock mru-spaces -bool FALSE.
  • Second, I set Mission Control's behavior as Mission Control's, not as Exposé's with defaults write com.apple.dock expose-group-by-app -bool FALSE.

Now, I need a way to launch a terminal in fullscreen mode or quickly make it enter full screen. After that, I will have to place it first.

Whatever working solution will be fine, whether using AppleScript or whatever else, whether happening in background or in foreground, be it kludging a dirty hack or a smooth Apple-compliant way. If I could, I would rather have it running silently in the background while being made out of as few different Apple technology as possible. I am on OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite and macOS High Sierra.

Thank you.

Have a nice day.

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