The Terminal Application
If you use the Terminal application on a regular basis, Mac OS X Lion just became your favorite platform for showing off your UNIX prowess.
Enhanced Drag and Drop Support
In Lion, the document proxy icon in a Terminal window now represents the current directory, which is displayed to the right of the icon. This proxy functions in the same manner as proxy icons in other application windows.
The Terminal in Lion now supports drag and drop for creating new Terminal sessions targeting specific directories.
To create a new Terminal session via drag and drop, you can:
- Drag a folder from the Finder to the Terminal icon
- Drag a folder from the Finder to the Terminal window tab bar
- Drag the Terminal window document proxy icon from the window's title bar to the tab bar in the same window, or another window
- Drag a path from a Terminal window to the tab bar
Expanded Appearance Controls
The new appearance controls include editable ANSI colors in preferences, support for 256 colors and BCE (background color erase). The default TERM value is now xterm-256color. Windows now support background images (including randomized images from folders), hidden scroll bars, and a new translucent view. And to achieve master-geek status, try the new full-screen mode (⌘-Option-F).
Built-in Terminal Services
The new Terminal application in Lion contains four built-in services. By default these services are not active, and must be turned on in the Keyboard Shortcuts system preference pane.
- New Terminal at Folder • This new service in Finder will open a new Terminal window cd'd to the selected folder
- New Terminal Tab at Folder • This new service in Finder will open a new tab, cd'd to the selected folder, in the current Terminal window
- Search Man Pages in Terminal • This service will use the current selection in the Terminal as a search string to find and display a list of corresponding man pages
- Open Man Pages in Terminal • This service will open a man page in Terminal for the selected termTerminal
New status controls
New status controls includes display in tabs and minimized windows; and the showing of live content, with unread text, busy, and bell count indicators.