I believe I've corrupted the /usr/bin/time executable as when I try to run it, this is the message that shows up:

bash: /usr/bin/time: cannot execute binary file

It was working till I inadvertently overwrote it.

How can I revert the changes I've made to this executable or get a fresh copy of it?

Thanks in advance.

  • Reinstall the relevant package, probably time. What is your OS/distribution? – Faheem Mitha Mar 22 '15 at 16:48
  • I'm working on Ubuntu 12.04. – deborah-digges Mar 22 '15 at 16:48
  • Ok, then apt-get install --reinstall time. – Faheem Mitha Mar 22 '15 at 16:50

To reinstall the time binary /usr/bin/time, reinstall the package that contains it.

First, find that package.

dpkg -S /usr/bin/time 
time: /usr/bin/time

Then install it.

sudo apt-get install --reinstall time

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