I have following variables


when I do cd $path it says no such file or directory.

but this path actually exist /opt/var/usr/man .. any suggestion ?

  • Can you try echo $path. because you don't have / mentioned in the variable. its not working. – Mongrel Jan 6 '17 at 3:09
  • No it does not work – Manish Jan 6 '17 at 3:10
  • try this. echo $a$b$c – Mongrel Jan 6 '17 at 3:12
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    1. $path=/$a/$b/$c/man doesn't do what you think it does. Try path=test;$path=123 and see what error message it prints. 2. Why aren't you quoting your parameter expansions? – PM 2Ring Jan 6 '17 at 6:58
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    @JuliePelletier I said nothing about PATH or $PATH. I used lower-case $path in my example because that's what the OP used. – PM 2Ring Jan 6 '17 at 7:23

The problem is a bad syntax in variable assignments.


.. will never work since variable assignments must not be preceded by $.

You should instead do it as follows:

cd $dir

Note that I changed the final variable name as it is a bad idea to use two variables with the same name but in a different case as it can be confusing. (PATH being a very important environment variable)


If you try this echo $a$b$c you will get this

[root@centseven ~]# echo $a$b$c

So this is not a a execute.

Your last variable should be path=/$a$b$c/man

Change your variable to the below


Then try echo $path it works for me

[root@centseven ~]# echo $path
  • There are 2 or 3 mistakes in this, but I will wait some clarifications from OP before I post my answer. – Julie Pelletier Jan 6 '17 at 3:18
  • I think OP haven't tried echo $path he is trying cd $path. – Mongrel Jan 6 '17 at 3:20
  • I tried both echo $path and cd $path none of them worked .. When I do echo $path it shows the correct path /opt/var/usr/man but My requriment is I need to do inside that directory thats why i am trying to cd command – Manish Jan 6 '17 at 3:22
  • @Manish: echo $path can not fail so if you say it didn't work, you have to say what it did. – Julie Pelletier Jan 6 '17 at 3:23
  • @Manish: Can you please show me the output of ls -ld /opt/var/usr/man? – Julie Pelletier Jan 6 '17 at 3:24

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