I'm trying to start a multiplayer server on my server. I´ve transferred the files to the server and tried to execute them with these commands:

cd /home/user/RisingWorld/
sh linux_startscript.sh

but I always get the error

linux_startscript.sh: 14: linux_startscript.sh: Syntax error: "(" unexpected

I downloaded it from http://download.rising-world.net/download.php?type=server&filetype=zip and started it on my Windows system, everything works. What did I get wrong?

  • You can get more info using the -x flag in bash execution: Sample: bash -x /home/user/RisingWorld/linux_startscript.sh
    – user146914
    Dec 10, 2015 at 17:30

2 Answers 2


The first line of that file shows it's not a sh script, but a bash script.

I would suggest you make the file executable and treat it as such:

chmod a+x linux_startscript.sh

From now on you can run it like this:


I think your sh points to the dash shell:

ls -l /bin/sh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 giu  6  2013 /bin/sh -> dash

You can execute it with:

bash linux_startscript.sh

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