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AppleScript - How to execute a multi line applescript from Terminal

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Sometimes we need to resort to AppleScript, and sometime we need to run that on the command line (Terminal),...
But how do we do this when our AppleScript has multiple lines?

Example:

tell application "Terminal"
    do script "some shell commands"
    delay 3
    do script "some more stuff"
end tell

So how do we execute that script in Terminal with "osascript"?
The trick is to make each line an execute script, like so (this is one line!):

osascript -e 'tell application "Terminal"' -e 'do script "some shell commands"' -e 'delay 3' -e 'do script "some more stuff"' -e 'end tell'

So we start with "osascript -e" and past the first line after that with single quotes.
Then we type "-e" again and paste the next line with single quotes.
Rinse and repeat for all lines, and when done press ENTER.


   
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Funny little script to toggle Dark vs Light Theme that uses this;

osascript -e 'tell application "System Events"' -e 'tell appearance preferences' -e 'set dark mode to not dark mode' -e 'end tell' -e 'end tell'

   
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