tl;dr: Here’s a bash script and an accompanying bash completion script that opens Sublime Text 2 projects.

I love Sublime Text 2. Its fast, lightweight, powerful and it doesn’t get in your way. I also context switch between projects a lot. Sometimes I’ll work on 5 different projects in one day at work. In order to keep my head straight, I use sublime text’s notion of a project. A project is, at its core, just a list of folders to keep open in the sidebar. To create a project, just add a folder to your sidebar, and then save the project.

Once you have a few projects, you’ll inevitably want to open them from the command line, and doing so can be cumbersome. (Sorry about the encoded ampersands, I’m working on fixing it.)

sublime_text --project /path/to/projects/myproject.sublime-project &

So I decided to create a little bash script to open up all the projects I want.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
for proj in $@; do
    sublime_text --project /path/to/projects/${proj}.sublime-project &

Suppose I put this in a file called subl on my $PATH. Then I can type subl myproject to open any project. Now, since I have ~20 projects, its hard to remember all the names, so I created a bash completion script.

  local cur=${COMP_WORDS[COMP_CWORD]}
  local list=`ls -1 /path/to/projects/*project | cut -d/ -f5 | cut -d. -f1`
  COMPREPLY=( $(compgen -W "${list}" -- ${cur}) )
complete -F _subl subl

Now I can type subl myp[tab] and it will autocomplete for me!

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