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Read Unix manpages in Safari via the shell and Bwana
Authored by: covisp on Mar 19, '06 07:15:47AM

While typing "open man:man" at the command line does work, the problem is that it loads that into the current browser window. This is never what I want.

However, the script posted has a rather long delay between opening a new tab and loading the man page into the new tab.

It's too bad that Applescript cannot tell Safari to open a URL in a new tab, or even a new window, without using the GUI Scripting, which is so very slow.

I think something might be possible with the do javascript command, however.

do JavaScript "'man:man', 'bwama')" in document 1

works, but despite naming the window, it still loads the url into whatever window/tab is frontmost when it finally gets around to actually loading the URL. On my machine that's a delay of three or four seconds, easily long enough to have switched windows. In short, this is no better than the previous solution. I hope that this might lead someone to a solution that does work.

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