On Mac OSX, I'm editing a file in an Emacs buffer. I need to conveniently open the directory containing this file in the MAC OSX Finder. What's the best way to do this?

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    From SO: in Emacs, how to show current file in Finder? Commented Feb 10, 2015 at 22:03
  • It's really unfortunate that reveal-in-finder uses the name finder without qualification (in the library name and in the code). finder.el is a longstanding, standard Emacs library, and its commands, functions and variables use the name finder to mean something quite different from the "MAC OS X Finder". I wish that the reveal-in-finder maintainer would consider using a name and name component such as macosx-finder or osx-finder, instead of just finder.
    – Drew
    Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 0:43

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My way wasn't shown in the other thread: M-! open . RET.

open is a general OS X command which will cause the system to open a file or directory in the default application. . is the current directory.

I don't do this very often, so I find it faster to type the above incantation than to write a function and map it somewhere. M-x open-in-finder would take more characters than above.

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