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I'm on a kali linux 64 bit.

I have created a python script which takes 2 arguments to start. I don't want to type out every time the exact same paths or search in the history of the commands I used in terminal. So I decided to create a simple script which calls the python script with its arguments.

#! /bin bash

python CreateDB.py ./WtfPath ./NoWtfPath/NewSystem/

It is the exact same command I would use in terminal. However, I get an error message when I try to execute the script file.

bash: ./wtf.sh: /bin: bad interpreter: Permission denied

wtf.sh has executable rights.

What is wrong?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

You have a space instead of a forward slash here:

#! /bin bash

Should be:

#! /bin/bash

or simply


(the first space is optional).  The shebang (#!) should be followed by the path to an executable, which may be followed by one argument, e.g.,

#!/usr/bin/env sh

In this case /usr/bin/env is the executable; see man env for details.

Just /bin refers to a directory.

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damn, silly me! Thanks! Didn't see that... – Davlog Jul 13 '14 at 19:05
You might want to get into the habit of using #!/bin/sh (instead of #!/bin/bash) unless you know that you are using bash features. – G-Man Aug 11 '15 at 4:10
@G-Man Thanks for cleaning this up a bit. WRT bash vs. sh, I was just following the pattern from the question (although my tendency is to only use sh when I know I'm not using bash features). – goldilocks Aug 11 '15 at 8:53
In Ubuntu terminal, which bash is helpful. That returns /bin/bash. At the top of my Bash script I add #!/bin/bash. Then when I want to run the Bash script, I enter bash foo.sh. So which sh is used the same way. sh foo.sh – noobninja Jul 18 at 9:26

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