I'm using some old Fortran code that uses some peculiar memory handling. To make the long story short, it runs on my local machine but fails on the remote one. This is why I would like to ssh to my local computer run the code and copy the results back to the cluster I'm running my calculations on.

I already found exactly the same question on this forum:


After the comment by @Anthon, I corrected my script, unfortunately new error occurred. NOTE: I am using ssh keys so no passwords are needed.

My new script:
#! /bin/bash
# start form the machine_where_the_resutlst_are_needed

ssh usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code /home/run_dir_script/run.sh inp 8

# do the work by running a script. 8 jobs are run by sending them 
# to the background, 

scp -p usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code:/home/run_dir_script/results \

echo "I am back"

My problem is that run.sh is a master script calling other shell scripts, and they don't run properly. I get the following message:

/home/run_dir_script/run.sh: line 59: /home/run_dir_script/merge_tabs.sh: No such file or directory

Minimal Example:

Here is a condensed example of what I am doing

Example run.sh

#! /usr/bin/bash

echo "Run the code"

The above script is run by

ssh usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code /home/run_dir_script/run.sh    

For completeness the fortran code ./HELLO_WORLD

program main
write(*,*) 'Hello World'

Compile with gfortran -o HELLO_WORLD hello_world.F90

And here is the output

Run the code
/home/run_dir_script/test.sh: line 5: ./home/HELLO_WORLD: No such file or directory


The following will run `HELLO_WORLD` on the remote machine
ssh usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code /home/run_dir_script/HELLO_WORLD

So calling the code directly works fine. Calling it via the script fails.

Possible Solution:

The reason why this fails is due to the fact that after ssh I land in my remote machine's $HOME.

Therefore before executing the script, I have to cd in the proper directory. The correct method, besides giving absolute path is:

Another useful remark, is that I all the variables from .bashrc are undefined. Therefore one has to be careful.

 usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code "cd /home/run_dir_script ; run.sh"

So this somehow works

  • What does line 59 of /home/run_dir_script/run.sh (on the remote machine) say? What is the output of ls -l /home/run_dir_script/merge_tabs.sh (on the remote machine)?
    – Marki
    Nov 16, 2014 at 14:24
  • At line 59 the script merge_tabs.sh is run. Basically I can call a script on the remote machine, but this script can't call other scripts. All scripts and binaries have permissions 777, therefore, permissions should not be causing this problem Nov 16, 2014 at 14:41
  • Doesn't answer the question about what ls -l /home/run_dir_script/merge_tabs.sh says. ;-)
    – Marki
    Nov 16, 2014 at 14:43
  • The output is: -rwxrwxrwx 1 user users 374 Nov 14 15:41 /home/run_dir_script/merge_tabs.sh*. Actually this problem is not only for scripts but for all codes run within run.sh. I rote a small fortran code that prints "Hello World" and run.sh issued the same error. Nov 16, 2014 at 14:49
  • I suppose the partition is not mounted "noexec" or the like? (Seems not as the initial script correctly executes.) "No such file or directory" is pretty clear. Are you sure there's no typo in there somewhere? As a sidenote, I'd refrain from making everything writable by everyone.
    – Marki
    Nov 16, 2014 at 14:51

2 Answers 2


I would attempt to put the arguments to ssh in double quotes.

ssh usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code "/home/run_dir_script/run.sh inp 8"

Also based on that error message it sounds like the script cannot find this script:

/home/run_dir_script/run.sh: line 59: /home/run_dir_script/merge_tabs.sh: No such file or directory

Also I'd block the scp from happening if the ssh doesn't return a successful status:

ssh usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code "/home/run_dir_script/run.sh inp 8"

if $status; then
  scp -p usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code:/home/run_dir_script/results \

Bottom line problem though is that there's an issue with your script locating the subordinate scripts on the remote system. There may be variables that are set when you login and run your script, vs. when you login via ssh and run your script.

For these I would compare the output of env using both methods.

  • slm - I updated my question with a minimal example illustrating my problem. Nov 16, 2014 at 15:14

There is nothing after on the line after ssh -X usr@machene_wehere_i_run_the_code in your code. So that command logs in on machene_wehere_i_run_the_code and does nothing.

In the example ssh call in the accepted answer of the question you quote there is an extra parameter:

ssh user@host path_to_script

and the path_to_script is missing in yours.

  • OK your comment solved part of the problem. I changed the script according to your prescription and I was able to get my run.sh going. I also edited my question. Unfortunately run.sh calls other scripts inside and they don't run properly. Nov 16, 2014 at 14:13
  • @AlexanderCska What are the permissions on the HELLO_WORD file?
    – Anthon
    Nov 16, 2014 at 15:33
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    @AlexanderCska You should not change your question except for providing additional detail to get the original problem solved if there are other issues, start a new question. You just invalidate any answers (correct or not) that answered the orginal problem by changing the question (which includes extending a question with "now I have the following problem").
    – Anthon
    Nov 16, 2014 at 15:38
  • I apologize for this. Well HELLO_WORLD is a fortran code and by default has permissions -rwxr-xr-x . Anyway I fiugred out that the the absolute path is needed, that is /home/run_dir_script/HELLO_WORLD. I also figured out that I have to hardcode the path, therefore, $(pwd)/HELLO_WORLD won't work. Nov 16, 2014 at 16:06
  • @AlexanderCska Not a big problem, just something to watch. It is kind of strange that you need to give the absolute path, I have no explanation for that, that is why I did not suggest it.
    – Anthon
    Nov 16, 2014 at 16:15

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