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We have:

  1. a user nico.
  2. a folder /home/nico/script_home with some bash scripts:

    1. main.sh
    2. subscripta.sh
    3. sqlscripta.sh
  3. We connect as root and cd /home/nico/script_home/

  4. Finally we run ./main.sh

We get as a result:

  1. subscripta.sh - no such file or directory
  2. The sql script works fine

I noticed that su - nico -c "pwd" returns /home/nico/ So I tried changing main.sh to ./script_home/subscripta.sh but to no avail.

What is the right syntax to avoid the no such file or directory error when running a script with su -?

su - nico -c "./subscripta.sh"
su - nico -c "sqlplus username/pass@some_oracle_db @script_home/sqlscripta.sql"
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Try su - nico -c "/home/nico/script_home/subscripta.sh"

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yeah I tried that. I need to run my scripts again to let you guys know what worked or not. That way it will funnel the answers a bit. – Nicolas de Fontenay Dec 17 '11 at 15:43
As I've wrote, put whole path inside "". You can try of course with some variables like $HOME/script_home/subscripta.sh ... Question is how this script is built and if there are all paths done as they should be? – Sebastian Szary Dec 17 '11 at 23:31

Don't do su - - that does a total login for the user ID, including setting HOME to whatever user ID's home directory is.

Try su nico -c "./script.sh"

Also, ensure that script.sh is marked executable.

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Oh nice. This is a great tip. But to run stuff on oracle, I do need to call my oracle's user profile bash_profile has a number of variable exported which allows to call sqlplus etc... – Nicolas de Fontenay Dec 18 '11 at 2:19

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