What's the difference between LC 'shell' and OSX terminal?

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Fri Oct 28 12:53:12 CDT 2011


Is this in Windows or Mac? Im Mac to get usage for a shell command you have to preface it with man. I think it's short for manual. This only works if whatever installed the command in the shell also installed a man page. 

Bob


On Oct 28, 2011, at 7:06 AM, Warren Samples wrote:

> On 10/28/2011 11:52 AM, Graham Samuel wrote:
>> While trying to get just a bit comfortable with a command-line interface, I started Terminal on Mac OSX Lion and eventually got a command to work (after finding out how to cope with spaces in file and folder names). I put the same thing in an LC 'shell' command and got a runtime error (Handler: can't find handler). I guess this is because in the Terminal context, the shell recognised the program I was calling ('convert' - it's dear old ImageMagick) but within my prog and the LS IDE it didn't. What do I need to do to get 'my' shell to be able to invoke the same apps that the raw terminal interface can? My guess is that it's something to do with a context variable like LS's defaultFolder, but I just don't know how to get there. Can anyone explain?
>> 
>> TIA
>> 
>> Graham
>> 
> 
> 
> Paste this in the message box:
> 
> put shell("convert")
> 
> and see what happens. You should get usage information from ImageMagick.
> 
> To add a path to the input and output files inside the quoted shell command try surrounding the paths with single quotes.
> 
> Warren
> 
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