[squeak-dev] running headless on Mac OS X

John M McIntosh jmmcintosh at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 01:13:52 UTC 2008

Well actually I think you can alter the info.plist and set  
LSBackgroundOnly  to YES
the alter the SqueakImageName  to point to the image you want to run
the invoke open Squeak.app  and it should open as background  
application, no icon in dock
and run the image file that is found via the SqueakImageName

However it appears you are doing scripting? via supplying a *.st file  
at startup time.
Try to get it to work with a UI first, then try the headless option or  

On Oct 5, 2008, at 5:06 PM, Mark Volkmann wrote:

> I need to run Squeak in headless mode on Mac OS X. As far as I know,  
> this is the way to do it.
> 1) Open a Terminal window.
> 2) Create a symbolic link by entering
>     ln -s "$SQUEAK_VM_DIR/Squeak{version}.app/Contents/MacOS/Squeak  
> VM Opt" squeak
> 3) Create a text file with a ".st" file extension and add a sequence  
> of Smalltalk statements in it.
> 4) Enter the following:
>     squeak -headless $SQUEAK_IMAGE {filename}.st
> When I do this, I don't get any errors, but it just hangs. Here's  
> what I have in the .st file I'm running ... pretty simple.
> fs := FileStream newFileNamed: 'cmdline.txt'.
> fs nextPutAll: 'line 1'; cr.
> fs nextPutAll: 'line 2'.
> fs.close
> Any idea why it doesn't exit? Maybe I need to do something more at  
> the end of the .st file.
> Maybe it's related to this. If I run "squeak $SQUEAK_IMAGE", it  
> tries to start the Squeak UI, but I get an Information dialog that  
> says "Squeak cannot locate the sources file named /Users.Mark/ 
> SqueakV39.sources". I copied the .sources file to my home directory  
> and ran it again. This time the UI came up, but it doesn't respond  
> to mouse clicks.
> ---
> Mark Volkmann

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