I tried to do this:

➜/Applications$ cp -R Atom.app OtherAtom.app

but opening OtherAtom just basically opens Atom. It does not produce another application in the command tab menu.

Maybe I need to change the name inside of the application Contents?

The requirements of my project do not necessitate that there actually be a clone of the app, but I do require the ability to run multiple instances of the app and to be able to rename each instance in the command tab menu.

Thank you for checking out my question!

  • What happens if you just duplicate it in Finder (select the app, then Cmd-D)? I'd expect that to work in the general case, though it's certainly possible Atom is doing something that will prevent multiple instances from running. – calum_b Feb 20 at 20:25
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    (And even if it works, all instances will be writing to the same Preferences and Application Support files, which may cause weird problems.) – calum_b Feb 20 at 20:31
  • @calum_b Some apps will work with a different name. Depends on how the app was written. Some apps make the top most folder be the app name. – historystamp Feb 20 at 20:45
  • @historystamp @calum_b Using cmd-d behaves in the same way the cp in a shell did. Maybe I need to change the name of OtherAtom in its package Contents and Preferences and Applications Support? – dezman Feb 20 at 21:50
  • try it and see. Do you have a link to this app? – historystamp Feb 20 at 22:52

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