I'm trying to write a complex (to me) dired function, where I want to open a xterm window which will launch an application (fbot) with many arguments and input all marked dired files into that statement. This is based on that if I run in dired & followed by this

xterm -e filebot -script fn:amc  /home/zeltak/mounts/lraid/raid/ztmp/amc  --output "/home/zeltak/mounts/lraid/raid/ztmp/" --def @/home/zeltak/.config/filebot/Q.txt --action move --conflict skip -non-strict  --mode interactive *

It works exactly as expected. So I tried fiddling with a function based on that and this is where I am in now which doesn't seem to work:

(defun z/dired-media-filebot-xterm ()
"filebot amc interactive"
(start-process "xterm -e filebot -script fn:amc  /home/zeltak/mounts/lraid/raid/ztmp/amc  --output "/home/zeltak/mounts/lraid/raid/ztmp/" --def @/home/zeltak/.config/filebot/Q.txt --action move --conflict skip -non-strict  --mode interactive * &" nil "filebot" file)

Do you need to use xterm? Dired already has a function to run shell commands on a list of files: dired-do-shell-command, that seems like an easier place to start. If for some reason you do need to run your command through xterm, it might be simpler to wrap it up in a shell script, then call that shell script via dired-do-shell-command:

xterm -e filebot <argument list> @1


I don't have filebot available to test with, but this works for me:

xterm -e nano $1

If that works for you, your problem must be with filebot. If it doesn't work for you, I'm not sure what else to try.

  • thx @Tyler. well the filebot command is interactive and will present menus via a ncurses interface. will emacs be able to deal with that?
    – zeltak
    Feb 23 '17 at 14:34
  • also @tyler, the above simple bash script launches a xterm window which closes after a second when i launch it from dired (& tst.sh)
    – zeltak
    Feb 23 '17 at 14:37
  • No, you can't use ncurses within Emacs (or maybe via term-mode, but I find that a pain). You should be able to call xterm from a script as I describe though.
    – Tyler
    Feb 23 '17 at 14:37
  • hmm so i cant seem to get it to work for me. this is current script: paste.xinu.at/lHH7x. yet it just flashes a xterm window for 1 sec? i use it by marking a dired file, pressing & then paste test.sh *
    – zeltak
    Feb 23 '17 at 14:45
  • see my updated answer
    – Tyler
    Feb 23 '17 at 14:50

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