I have the following script:


if test -f "/path/pycharm.sh"; then sh ./pycharm.sh;

I am trying to run pycharm.sh from a bash file and I've looked carefully to give all the permissions needed to the file. Unfortunately every time I run it I get this:

Can't open ./pycharm.sh

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    What directory are you running the script from? Is it the same directory that pycharm.sh is in? Is that the entire error message? – terdon Apr 14 '15 at 11:59
  • No, it's not in the same directory. And yes, that's the entire message that I get. I need that script to be on my desktop so it won't help me if I put it in the same directory as pycharm.sh – Cajuu' Apr 14 '15 at 12:00
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    It's strange that you use for the access to the file two different paths; once /path/pycharm.sh (absolute) and once ./pycharm.sh (relative). If it's the same file then the path definitions should match. – Janis Apr 14 '15 at 12:02

You don't use ./ to run a script in general, you use it to run a program (script or compiled binary) in the current directory.  If the second script is in /path/pycharm.sh, then you should run it as /path/pycharm.sh, and not ./pycharm.sh.


Your shell script is in another directory, use the absolute path.

sh /path/pycharm.sh
  • I need it called thru another bash file. – Cajuu' Apr 14 '15 at 12:02
  • Yes, just remove ./ from the script and it should work. – zer0rest Apr 14 '15 at 12:04
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    @zer0rest; if you omit ./ then it's also assumed to be in the current directory. Whether you call it sh ./somefile or sh somefile, it's the same. There's only a differene if somefile is chmoded as executable, then the PATH definition would matter in those two cases; the one without ./ would be searched through PATH. – Janis Apr 14 '15 at 12:08
  • @Janis; You're correct, I edited my answer. I just find it odd to run a script as sh ./script instead of just sh script. – zer0rest Apr 14 '15 at 12:10

The error is fairly explicit:

  • It either doesn't exist at the specified path, or
  • It doesn't have the permission to open it.

As you're using a relative path, I'd put my money on the first. Specify a full path to your second pycharm.sh and it should work.


Please execute pwd command and check that file pycharm.sh is present in that directory.Or you can provide full path in a script.

You can have more detailed information by using option -x while executing script.


Am I missing something or do you mean to execute the very string whose existence you are checking first. If so, then the correct way is this:


if test -f "/path/pycharm.sh"; then /path/./pycharm.sh;
  • What do you think you are adding to the multiple correct answers that have already been posted?  And why do you suggest inserting /. into the second pathname? – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Apr 14 '15 at 20:50

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