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    Exclamation Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Don't. Seriously. It's trivial to completely destroy your system this way. UbuntuForums should be safe, however, blogs and the like may not. Always paste into a text editor and make sure what you're going to run is safe before running.
    The above post definitely does not contain any sarcasm at all.

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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Interesting use of span tags...

    Oh yeah, don't forget sometimes things you find on blogs are old and sometimes don't work the way you think they do.

    For example, I was trying to set up a mail server on my VPS and ran into a tutorial on how to do that without using MySQL, except some of the packages they said needed to be installed were no longer available, so apt-get threw an error.
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    Arrow Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    I don't. I only have people help me at Linux Internationals. If i were going to copy paste something i would always check with my betters at LI to make sure it's safe.
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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Thanks for the advice!!

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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    How Intriguing.

    How does this work, exactly?

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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Interesting use of span tags...
    <!-- Oh noes, you found it! -->

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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by wojox View Post
    <!-- Oh noes, you found it! -->
    Indeed!.
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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by jerenept View Post
    Don't. Seriously. It's trivial to completely destroy your system this way. UbuntuForums should be safe, however, blogs and the like may not. Always paste into a text editor and make sure what you're going to run is safe before running.
    I checked the git clone copy/pastes in a text editor before running in terminal; WOW, a real eyeopener to what could happen. Thanks for the tip, that just changed my installing habits from blogs etc in the future; I had no idea of that danger till now. Cheers.
    Last edited by coldcritter64; April 9th, 2013 at 11:19 AM. Reason: punct.

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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    I remember several years ago when some people on here were posting commands to delete people's hard drive partitions. It doesn't have to be anything advanced at all. You just have to have someone new and trusting who doesn't know what they're doing, and you could do a lot of damage.

    We haven't had any of that kind of trouble here for a very long time. But like the OP said, you can't just trust every random blog out there. CharlesA also made a good point that a lot of stuff that comes up in searches on the net are old and don't work anymore.
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    Re: Warning to those who copy-paste commands directly to the Terminal

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    You just have to have someone new and trusting who doesn't know what they're doing, and you could do a lot of damage.
    or just plain lazy like me.

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