How do I drag the file in Terminal?

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  1. wts macrumors member

    wts

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    I am not very good at using terminal and only type in what I am told.

    Recently someone gave me these instructions:

    Go to Application Patch >> Show Package Contents >> Contents >> MacOS >>iPatcher

    Open a terminal and type: chmod a+x and dra the file iPatcher inside and
    press enter

    What does " and dra the file" mean or how do I "dra the file" ?

    Please Help me.
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    He meant "drag" the file from the Finder window onto the Terminal window.
     
  3. wts thread starter macrumors member

    wts

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    Thanks.

    Does it matter if you copy paste into Terminal window or are required to type ?
     
  4. mfram macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you may copy and paste text.

    One thing to be careful of though. if the stuff you copy in has a line break then the text you paste in will be executed without give you a chance to double-check it.
     
  5. wts thread starter macrumors member

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  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

    FreakinEurekan

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    Dragging escapes spaces and other special characters, copy/paste doesn't.

    You may not understand the distinction, but suffice to say there is a difference and Dragging works better in some cases.
     
  7. wts thread starter macrumors member

    wts

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    Do you have a URL that would clarify/help me to better understand how terminal commands work since you appear to have a good command of that language.

    I am somewhat petrified using Terminal ever since I wiped out a hard drive typing in a command and may have typed in the wrong letters or something.
    Had to re-initialize that firewired hard drive: lost a lot of important audio/video production projects.
     

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