Create a desktop shortcut to open multiple MonoDevelop Environments

Create a desktop shortcut to open multiple MonoDevelop Environments

If you have been doing any development in MonoDevelop on a Mac for any amount of time, you have no doubt come to the situation where you wanted a second or even third development environment open so you you can run multiple projects in debug simultaneously. We have seen that there is a terminal command to open a session and that is fine but it is still a pain in the arse.  You need to remember the command and type it into a terminal window or find the command and run it.

Now your brain is screaming there has to be a better way.   Well of course there is.  You can create a script and then create an alias to this script. This document will walk you through the steps to get that done.

Step 1:  Create the script file

Open any text editor of your choice.
Paste this command into the file.
open -n /applications/
Save this command to a text file.  Make sure the file ends with .command.  e.g.  CreateMonoSession.command

Step 2: Make file executable

In the Terminal window, navigate to the directory where you saved your new file.  execute the chmod command on the file to give it execute permissions.
e.g. chmod +x CreateMonoSession.command

Step 3: Make an alias

Now in finder navigate to the directory where you saved your script file,  right mouse click on your file and select Make Alias.
Now you can move that new alias file to your desktop or anywhere else.

Shazam that’s it.   Now you can start up as many sessions as you want and code until your heart is content.  Hope you find this helpful.

Drop me a line if you need more info.


About waynem

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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