I can’t abide OS X’s built-in Terminal.app—too janky by half. So like any reasonable obssessive, I use iTerm2.
Now, RStudio helpfully provides a menu item for opening a shell in the current project’s directory. But it calls Terminal.app, with no option to substitue an alternative.
A little tweaking yields a working variant, though—improved, even. Just back up the script at
/Applications/RStudio.app/Contents/MacOS/mac-terminal and edit the original to read:
#!/usr/bin/osascript on run argv set dir to quoted form of (first item of argv) if application "iTerm" is running then set wasRunning to true else set wasRunning to false end if tell application "iTerm" activate if wasRunning then tell current window create tab with default profile end tell end if tell last session of current tab of current window set name to "RStudio Session" write text "cd " & dir & "; clear" end tell end tell end run
I also added a keyboard shortcut, ⌘+T, in RStudio under Tools > Modify Keyboard Shortcuts….
One nagging imperfection remains, though. Is the best we can do to drop ourselves into the project directory really
write text "cd" & dir? Watching AppleScript scramble to
clear pains me each time—so inelegant.
Ah, well. It’s not as though elegance was the whole point of switching to iTerm in the first place…