The permission bit in a file mode that allows a file to be run as a program. Also, questions related the format of program files, and to locating and executing program files.

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Getting “Not found” message when running a 32-bit binary on a 64-bit system

I have currently a strange problem on debian (wheezy/amd64). I have created a chroot to install a server (i can't give any more detail about it, sorry). Let's call its path /chr_path/. To make things ...
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Why do we use “./” to execute a file?

Why do we use ./filename to execute a file in linux? Why not just enter it like other commands gcc, ls etc...
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Different ways to execute a shell script

There a several ways to execute a script, the ones I know are: /path/to/script # using the path (absolute or relative) . script # using the . (dot) source script # using the `source` command ...
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“No such file or directory” lies on Optware installed binaries

I've been using Optware to install packages on my ARM-based NAS for a while - the usual stuff like Transmission, Samba and others. However, I'd been having problems with Transmission hanging not long ...
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How do I clear Bash's cache of paths to executables?

When I execute a program without specifying the full path to the executable, and Bash must search the directories in $PATH to find the binary, it seems that Bash remembers the path in some sort of ...
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Does the shebang determine the shell which runs the script?

This may be a silly question, but I ask it still. If I have declared a shebang #!/bin/bash in the beginning of my_shell_script.sh, so do I always have to invoke this script using bash [my@comp]$...
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No such file or directory but I can see it!

I'm trying to run a python script, on a headless Raspberry PI using winSCP and get the following error message: Command '"./areadetect_movie_21.py"' failed with return code 127 and error message /usr/...
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Where should a local executable be placed?

I have an executable for the perforce version control client (p4). I can't place it in /opt/local because I don't have root privileges. Is there a standard location where it needs to be placed under $...
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How to run my own program without specifying its path

Let's suppose I have compiled something and I run it like so: $ /path/to/my/executable/mycmd Hello World What do I need to do to run it like $ mycmd Hello World from everywhere in my computer?
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“No such file or directory” on an executable, yet file exists and ldd reports all libraries present

So by any other command the executable file exists, yet when I try to execute it, it claims it is not there. It is not a special character in the name because I renamed it though a "cat". And it ...
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/bin/sh: ./check-dependencies.pl: not found — but check-dependencies.pl exists!

I'm trying to build Moses, but when I run make I get the following output: minakshi@minakshi-Vostro-3500:~/Desktop/working-dir/moses/scripts$ make release # Compile the parts make all make[1]: ...
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#!/bin/bash - no such file or directory

I've created a bash script but when I try to execute it, I get #!/bin/bash no such file or directory I need to run the command: bash script.sh for it to work. How can I fix this?
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How to trick a particular command into thinking it is a different date?

How can I execute a command making it believe that is on a different date than system one? For instance, if I have this script: #!/usr/bin/env bash date +"%B %d, %Y" It prints the actual date: ...
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vim: create file with +x bit

Is there any way to set +x bit on script while creating? For example I run: vim -some_option_to_make_file_executable script.sh and after saving I can run file without any additional movings. ps. ...
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File extensions and association with programs in linux

In windows we can associate a file's extension with programs. E.g. a file test.pl can be run by the installed Perl interpreter due to the pl extension. In linux though it needs #!/usr/bin/perl as the ...
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How to chmod without /usr/bin/chmod?

Today I was told a tale by a Unix trainer, a tale where the root password got leaked to the students, and one of the fellas removed the execute permission from /usr/bin/chmod itself. How do you ...
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Where do executables look for shared objects at runtime

The title is pretty explicit. I understand how to define include shared objects at linking/compile time. However I still wonder how do executables look for the shared object (*.so libraries) at ...
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What is Linux doing differently that allows me to remove/replace files where Windows would complain the file is currently in use?

The example I have is Minecraft. When running Bukkit on Linux I can remove or update the .jar files in the /plugins folder and simply run the 'reload' command. In Windows, I have to take the whole ...
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What is the difference between running “bash script.sh” and “./script.sh”?

If script.sh is just something typical like #!/bin/bash echo "Hello World!" Is there a preferred way to run the script? I think you first have to chmod it so it becomes executable?
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Binary compatibility between Mac OS X and Linux

Brace yourselves, this question will likely appear naive and/or foolish, seeing as I am relatively new to the inner workings of unix like systems, and programming in general. Ready? Ok! I will go ...
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./executable: cannot execute binary file

I have a script that works well when I ssh to the server to execute it myself, but has problems when Hudson, a continuous integration server, runs it. I am automating tests on an embedded linux ...
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What is the difference in these two bash environments?

I notice that with bash scripts, some people use a different shebang to the one that I'm used to putting at the top of my own. Can someone simplify the difference between these two? I use the #!/bin/...
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Most unix-like filesystem that can be mounted under windows and Mac OS X

I've recently purchased a usb stick which I will be using to share data between me and my colleagues. I'd like to format it as ext3, but I know this will cause trouble because for instance Mac OS X ...
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Can we get compiler information from an elf binary?

Is there some chance to know how a binary was built, under Linux? (and or other Unix) Compiler, version, time, flags etc... I looked at readelf and couldn't find much, but there might be other ways ...
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How to convert a shell script into a binary executable?

I want to convert my shell scripts into binary executable so that nobody else could edit or read it. Is there a way to convert it into a binary executable?
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Can a script be executable but not readable?

Is it possible to execute a script if there is no permission to read it? In root mode, I made a script and I want the other user to execute this script but not read it. I did chmod to forbid read and ...
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Execution of possibly harmful program on Linux

I'm writing a program that will test programs written by students. I'm afraid that I can't trust them and I need to make sure that it won't end up badly for the computer running it. I was thinking ...
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The way to use `/usr/bin/env sed -f ` in shebang?

Typing /usr/bin/env sed -f in terminal works. But if use it as a shebang, #!/usr/bin/env sed -f s/a/b/ The script will be fail to execute: /usr/bin/env: sed -f: No such file or directory I ...
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How is it possible to do a live update while a program is running?

I wonder how killer applications such as Thunderbird or Firefox can be updated via the system's package manager while they are still running. What happens with the old code while they are being ...
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“No such file or directory” when executing a cross-compiled program on a Raspberry Pi

I recently bought a Raspberry Pi. I already have configured it, and I install a cross compiler for arm on my desktop (amd64). I compiled a simple "hello world" program and then I copy it from my ...
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What determines the path where the system searches for a file?

I am trying to get npm to work. In the process, I seem to have two versions of it installed: A corrupt one installed in ~/bin, and another I just compiled and ran make install to put it in /usr/local/...
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-ksh: revenue_ext.ksh: not found [No such file or directory]

I am getting the same not found [No such file or directory] error when trying to execute a ksh script. Read tips about the PATH and running the script with a ./ in the posts here and here and tried ...
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can't change file permission

Whenever I create or copy few shell files to usb storage device, then I am not able to make them executable. If I create test.sh, it's default file permission will be 644, but when I execute ...
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Find executable files recursively

I have got the directory called Test and a few directories inside it. Both Test and the directories inside it have executable files. I'd like to print them with ls. I'd use this command. ls -l `find ...
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permission denied when executing binary despite “rwx” privilege and root user

I'm trying to execute some binary with bash. I am getting a "Permission denied" message despite having given the full privileges (chmod 777) and being the 'root' user: This is the file description: -...
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How is Mono magical?

I'm learning C#, so I made a little C# program that says Hello, World!, then compiled it with mono-csc and ran it with mono: $ mono-csc Hello.cs $ mono Hello.exe Hello, World! I noticed that when I ...
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What is /usr/local/bin?

Before today, I've used the terminal to a limited extent of moving in and out of directories and changing the dates of files using the touch command. I had realised the full extent of the terminal ...
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What makes OSX programs not runnable on Linux?

I know there are many differences between OSX and Linux, but what makes them so totally different, that makes them fundamentally incompatible?
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Loading of shared libraries and RAM usage

I'm wondering about the way Linux manages shared libraries. (actually I'm talking about Maemo Fremantle, a Debian-based distro released in 2009 running on 256MB RAM). Let's assume we have two ...
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Why can't I run programs on another partition in Linux?

So for convenience, I store all my data on my Windows partition so that I can access my data easily from both Linux and Windows. However, I tried compiling a C++ program with g++, and found out that I ...
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How are system commands like ls created?

I'm a *nux newbie and I have some doubts regarding *nix. I don't know which type of executable file is ls, whether it is .sh or .ksh or any other kind of system executable if it is, what is that? ...
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Bash Script Permission denied & Bad Interpreter

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 ...
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What does `init [2]` mean in the COMMAND column of ps?

Reading What do the brackets around processes mean? I understand that the executable name is printed. Linux ps man page: Sometimes the process args will be unavailable; when this happens, ps will ...
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Why does sshd requires an absolute path?

Why does sshd require an absolute path when restarting, e.g /usr/sbin/sshd rather than sshd Are there any security implications? P.S the error message: # sshd sshd re-exec requires execution with ...
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Script started as `source` or `executable`?

Can we determine inside the very script whether it started as source (.) or executable (shebang or something alike)?
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How to find executable filetypes?

I want to find file types that are executable from the kernel's point of view. As far as I know all the executable files on Linux are ELF files. Thus I tried the following: find * | file | grep ELF ...
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How to add 'Make executable' and 'Run' entries to Elementary OS file manager context menu?

I know this is to be done by creating a .contract file in /usr/share/contractor. For example, one like this will add a menu option to open a folder as root. [Contractor Entry] Name=Open folder as ...
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When executable files aren't [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't execute some binaries in chroot environment (zsh: Not found) Today I ran into something that has me stumped. A co-worker is working with a specific pre-compiled ...
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Why do you need the “./” when executing programs in the current directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we use “./” to execute a file? It seems redundant and gets annoying after a while -- is there a way to change this? If not, can somebody explain the ...
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Problem when installing “ia32-libs”

I'm using x64 Ubuntu. A few months ago I accidentally messed up the groups/owners of all files on /, but managed to fix it using a VirtualBox install of Ubuntu. Now I'm running into a problem that I ...