Is there any terminal command I can execute that will pop open a new terminal window?

I need something that will work in OSX' Terminal.app, but it would be nice if there were a way to do this that works on any common terminal emulator.

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    The terminal emulator xterm is nearly everywhere installed.
    – jofel
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 22:57
  • xterm & will work but on OSX you'll need the X11 app installed. I can't recall if it is by default or has to be installed separately (xcode?)
    – casey
    Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 0:06

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Other than typing xterm I believe on OSX you do this:

$ open -a Terminal.app bash

I think you can also do this:

$ /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal


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