How to Open Rapid Weaver in Terminal

You use RapidWeaver. You’ve downloaded the latest greatest plugin and can’t wait to try it out. You install it …and… nothing. After contacting the developer, and they go through basic trouble shooting with you. That goes no-where. Eager for more information on the issue, the developer asks you to please open RapidWeaver in the Terminal, and copy-paste any output to them.

This article describes exactly how to do this.

First, you’re going to open Terminal. It is located within the “Utilities” sub-folder of your standard “Applications” directory.

Terminal Location in OS X

Next, open Terminal.

Now find RapidWeaver, and drag it into the open Terminal window.

Drag RapidWeaver into the open Terminal window

Next, paste the following onto the end the line in Terminal that was created when you dropped RapidWeaver onto it:

/Contents/MacOS/RapidWeaver

Make sure that there is no space between “RapidWeaver.app” and the extra text you’ve pasted. It should look something like this:

Terminal Ready

Now, click inside the Terminal and press Enter. Notice that RapidWeaver will start, and some (possibly a lot!) text will appear in the Terminal window. This text is gold for developers.

If whatever issue you’re experiencing requires certain actions to replicate, perform those actions – RapidWeaver might be printing information related to the issue in the Terminal. After you’ve replicated the issue, select all of the text inside the Terminal window and paste it into an email, then send it off to whoever you’re working with.

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