Using iA Writer with Hugo

No spaces.

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I’m testing out iA Writer for editing Markdown. I’ve been using it on iOS to quickly edit my Obsidian vault, since the Obsidian iOS app has a lot of friction.

On macOS, I ran into an issue with Hugo, the SSG I use for this blog. Hugo’s newContentEditor config option can open a text editor after running the command for starting a new post, hugo new.

With Typora, I had it set up like this:

# config.yaml
newContentEditor: open -a Typora

Replacing Typora with iA Writer threw these errors:

Content "/Users/luke/Developer/lukework/content/blog/2022/10/test/" created
Editing "/Users/luke/Developer/lukework/content/blog/2022/10/test/" with "open" ...
The file /Users/luke/Developer/lukework/Writer" does not exist.
Error: failed to execute binary "open" with args [-a "iA Writer" /Users/luke/Developer/lukework/content/blog/2022/10/test/]: The file /Users/luke/Developer/lukework/Writer" does not exist.

Escaping the space in the name worked in the terminal, but didn’t work in Hugo:

open -a "iA Writer" 
open -a "iA\ Writer"
open -a "Visual Studio Code"

Looking at the manual for open, you can use the app’s bundle identifier with the -b flag instead. I grabbed iA Writer’s with this command:

codesign -dr - /Applications/iA\

And here’s what my Hugo config looks like now:

# config.yaml
newContentEditor: open -b pro.writer.mac