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I have mplayer installed and I want to create a simple shell script that runs in bash and executes mplayer * in the current directory. So, how to call upon mplayer in the shell script? I am a newbie to linux and would like detailed instructions.

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You should use mplayer command in your script in the same way as you use it in terminal. For example:


# some bash code here

cd /path/to/where/you/want/to/start/mplayer
mplayer *

# more bash code here

See also: man mplayer.

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Normally, this won't work, because in most distros out there, the current directory is not in $PATH. Youwant to use ./mplayer instead of mplayer – Bonsi Scott Nov 1 '13 at 14:27
@BonsiScott Well, I specified: in the same way as you use it in terminal. – Radu Rădeanu Nov 1 '13 at 14:43
@BonsiScott Why on earth would mplayer be installed in the current directory? It's usually in the PATH. The question requests running mplayer with a certain directory current, not running an mplayer executable in a particular directory. – Gilles Nov 1 '13 at 23:41

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