[TextMate] Custom Shell Variables question

Mats Persson mats at imediatec.co.uk
Mon Oct 18 13:35:25 UTC 2004

On Oct 16, 2004, at 14:30, Allan Odgaard wrote:

>> Yes, however with the help of your suggestion and a bit of own brain 
>> activity - a rare but appreciated event - I created a work around for 
>> my system that works by using a custom shell variable that contains 
>> the path to the Sites directory.
>> /Volumes/WorkDisk/Users/mats/Sites
> Ah, yes -- I think that's really the only "general" solution, seeing 
> how there is no way we can extract the “logical” project directory 
> from the existing variables.

(With an embarrassed face)
Hmm, was a bit too cocky there thinking I understood this all. Which I 
didn't of course.

Now having spent too much of the weekend trying to decipher the 
incomprehensible 'english' of the man files, online tutorials etc etc. 
I am still stuck and confused.

I am trying to create my own shell variable that is embedded in a new 
file when it's created like this:

Creating a new file "/Users/mats/Sites/projectName/index.php" should 
embed the variable TM_PROJ_FILEPATH which should be 
"/projectName/index.php" into the newly created file.

So I am trying this inside a text doc in TM with no success. What's 
wrong ??

/bin/sh: line 1: 
/Volumes/WorkDisk/Users/mats/Sites/projectName/index.php: Permission 

( I have tried the above and any possible variation I could think of 
with no success)

The template file command is:
[ -f "$TM_NEW_FILE" ] || TM_DATE=`date +%Y-%m-%d` TM_YEAR=`date +%Y` 
TM_USERNAME=`niutil -readprop / /users/\$USER realname` perl -pe 
's/\$\{([^}]*)\}/$ENV{$1}/g' <index.php >"$TM_NEW_FILE"

and in that command I would like to add the new variable value 

>> In the template I use ${TM_FILEPATH} and when I create a new template 
>> TM_FILEPATH takes the value of the currently selected Tab in the Tab 
>> bar.
> You should use TM_NEW_FILE instead :)

Yeah, I told you I was embarrassed. : )

>> Do you have any recommendations about good resources for learning 
>> that stuff, books or online ? How did you grasp it all ?
> <SNIP>
> Personally I don't mind unix questions sent to this list, since 
> TextMate is so tied to shell stuff.

Be careful with what you don' t mind. Someone might take you up on it. 
: )

Attn: Andre.  Thanks for those links and recommendations.

Perhaps I could suggest that you guys who know and understand this 
stuff could create a ShellScriptCorner on the wiki where you could 
translate the incomprehensible stuff into examples and ENGLISH for us 
non-geek's. Because the writers of man files and online UNIX guides 
sure as hell hasn't.

Apologies, but I *HATE IT* when I can't work something out myself. AND 
the only reason that I can't do it is that the people who have created 
the problem assumed that I - or anyone else - knows as much as they do, 
and therefore see logic when there is none.

Kind regards,


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