Why when I run the command

gnome-terminal -e "ssh -t sv \"cd ~/tmp/perl_libs/bin; bash /usr/bin/tail -f ~/open; echo 'YES'; exec $SHELL\""`

I got

/usr/bin/tail: cannot execute binary file
  • The tail -f is unlikely to exit, so your YES will never get printed and your target $SHELL won't be run. Perhaps you intend just to show the last few lines on the file, in which case omit the -f.
    – roaima
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:22
  • I know. The bash -i command prevents that. So I may CTRL+C to exit from tail -f. The question were 'why I can not run command with bash' and I get sharp answer Mar 1, 2016 at 12:27
  • I see no sharp answers. You have one answer that explains how to fix the problem you're seeing. I was concerned about your tail -f, and warned you of the issue. You're happy with using Ctrl/C to end the tail -f process, so that's fine.
    – roaima
    Mar 1, 2016 at 12:30
  • I get this error because tail is Not a bash script Mar 1, 2016 at 12:43

1 Answer 1


All you need to is remove the bash in front of the tail.

As shown in

file /usr/bin/tail
/usr/bin/tail: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), for GNU/Linux 2.6.4, dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped

tail is a ELF file. Not a bash script.

  • Or, maybe, add -c bash option? Nov 20, 2018 at 15:44

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