Questions tagged [executable]

The permission bit in a file mode that allows a file to be run as a program. Also, questions related the format of program files, and to locating and executing program files.

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How do I clear Bash's cache of paths to executables?

When I execute a program without specifying the full path to the executable, and Bash must search the directories in $PATH to find the binary, it seems that Bash remembers the path in some sort of ...
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How to chmod without /usr/bin/chmod?

Today I was told a tale by a Unix trainer where the root password got leaked to the students, and one of the fellas removed the execute permission from /usr/bin/chmod itself. How do you recover chmod ...
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How is Mono magical?

I'm learning C#, so I made a little C# program that says Hello, World!, then compiled it with mono-csc and ran it with mono: $ mono-csc Hello.cs $ mono Hello.exe Hello, World! I noticed that when I ...
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Where do executables look for shared objects at runtime?

I understand how to define include shared objects at linking/compile time. However, I still wonder how do executables look for the shared object (*.so libraries) at execution time. For instance, my ...
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How to find out the dynamic libraries executables loads when run?

I want to find out the list of dynamic libraries a binary loads when run (With their full paths). I am using CentOS 6.0. How to do this?
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Why is /dev/null a file? Why isn't its function implemented as a simple program?

I am trying to understanding the concept of special files on Linux. However, having a special file in /dev seems plain silly when its function could be implemented by a handful of lines in C to my ...
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Why do we use “./” (dot slash) to execute a file in Linux/UNIX?

Why do we use ./filename to execute a file in linux? Why not just enter it like other commands gcc, ls etc...
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What is /usr/local/bin?

Before today, I've used the terminal to a limited extent of moving in and out of directories and changing the dates of files using the touch command. I had realised the full extent of the terminal ...
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Does the shebang determine the shell which runs the script?

This may be a silly question, but I ask it still. If I have declared a shebang #!/bin/bash in the beginning of my_shell_script.sh, so do I always have to invoke this script using bash [my@comp]$...
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Where should a local executable be placed?

I have an executable for the perforce version control client (p4). I can't place it in /opt/local because I don't have root privileges. Is there a standard location where it needs to be placed under $...
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#!/bin/bash - no such file or directory

I've created a bash script but when I try to execute it, I get #!/bin/bash no such file or directory I need to run the command: bash script.sh for it to work. How can I fix this?
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Why does the following script delete itself?

If you create an executable file with the following contents, and run it, it will delete itself. How does this work? #!/bin/rm
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Getting “Not found” message when running a 32-bit binary on a 64-bit system

I have currently a strange problem on debian (wheezy/amd64). I have created a chroot to install a server (i can't give any more detail about it, sorry). Let's call its path /chr_path/. To make things ...
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chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory

When I run the chroot command an error is given: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory
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Can a script be executable but not readable?

Is it possible to execute a script if there is no permission to read it? In root mode, I made a script and I want the other user to execute this script but not read it. I did chmod to forbid read and ...
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How to recursively remove execute permissions from files without touching folders?

I made a backup to an NTFS drive, and well, this backup really proved necessary. However, the NTFS drive messed up permissions. I'd like to restore them to normal w/o manually fixing each and every ...
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Why and how are some shared libraries runnable, as though they are executables?

On 32-bit Linux systems, invoking this $ /lib/libc.so.6 and on 64-bit systems this $ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 in a shell, provides an output like this: GNU C Library stable release version ...
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Shebang line with `#!/usr/bin/env command --argument` fails on Linux

I've got a simple script: #!/usr/bin/env ruby --verbose # script.rb puts "hi" On my OSX box, it runs fine: osx% ./script.rb hi However, on my linux box, it throws an error linux% ./script.rb /usr/...
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Why does Bash's source not need the execution bit?

With Bash's source it is possible to execute a script without an execution bit set. This is documented and expected behaviour, but isn't this against the use of an execution bit? I know, that source ...
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Can we get compiler information from an elf binary?

Is there some chance to know how a binary was built, under Linux? (and or other Unix) Compiler, version, time, flags etc... I looked at readelf and couldn't find much, but there might be other ways ...
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What is the min and max values of exit codes in Linux?

What is the min and max values of the following exit codes in Linux: The exit code returned from a binary executable (for example: a C program). The exit code returned from a bash script (when ...
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What is the difference between running “bash script.sh” and “./script.sh”?

If script.sh is just something typical like #!/bin/bash echo "Hello World!" Is there a preferred way to run the script? I think you first have to chmod it so it becomes executable?
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Viewing Linux Library / Executable version info

In Windows, EXE and DLL have version info, including at least the following fields: file version product version internal name product name copyright In Linux Library / Executable: Which fields ...
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How to test whether a Linux binary was compiled as position independent code?

I recently learned that (at least on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux), executable programs that are compiled as Position Independent Executables (PIE) receive stronger address space randomization (...
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Loading of shared libraries and RAM usage

I'm wondering about the way Linux manages shared libraries. (actually I'm talking about Maemo Fremantle, a Debian-based distro released in 2009 running on 256MB RAM). Let's assume we have two ...
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What are stripped and not-stripped executables in Unix?

From man file, EXAMPLES $ file file.c file /dev/{wd0a,hda} file.c: C program text file: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses ...
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Different ways to execute a shell script

There are several ways to execute a script. The ones I know are: /path/to/script # using the path (absolute or relative) . script # using the . (dot) source script # using the `source` ...
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List all binaries from $PATH

Is there a one-liner that will list all executables from $PATH in Bash?
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How to convert a shell script into a binary executable?

I want to convert my shell scripts into binary executable so that nobody else could edit or read it. Is there a way to convert it into a binary executable?
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What makes OSX programs not runnable on Linux?

I know there are many differences between OSX and Linux, but what makes them so totally different, that makes them fundamentally incompatible?
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How to recover from a chmod -R 000 /bin?

And now I am unable to chmod it back.. or use any of my other system programs. Luckily this is on a VM I've been toying with, but is there any way to resolve this? The system is Ubuntu Server 12.10. ...
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How can I use environment variables in my shebang?

I have a Python script that need to be run with a particular python installation. Is there a way to craft a shebang so that it runs with $FOO/bar/MyCustomPython?
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sudo: unable to execute ./script.sh: no such file or directory

I'm stumped. I have a script in my /home directory which is executable: [user@server ~]$ ll total 4 -rwx------ 1 user user 2608 Jul 15 18:23 qa.sh However, when I attempt to run it with sudo it says ...
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What is Linux doing differently that allows me to remove/replace files where Windows would complain the file is currently in use?

The example I have is Minecraft. When running Bukkit on Linux I can remove or update the .jar files in the /plugins folder and simply run the 'reload' command. In Windows, I have to take the whole ...
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Execution of possibly harmful program on Linux

I'm writing a program that will test programs written by students. I'm afraid that I can't trust them and I need to make sure that it won't end up badly for the computer running it. I was thinking ...
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Why does sshd requires an absolute path?

Why does sshd require an absolute path when restarting, e.g /usr/sbin/sshd rather than sshd Are there any security implications? P.S the error message: # sshd sshd re-exec requires execution with ...
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Difference between “command not found” and “no such file or directory”?

For example: $ node -bash: /usr/local/bin/node: No such file or directory $ foo -bash: foo: command not found What's the difference? In both cases, node and foo are invalid commands, but it seems ...
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Binary compatibility between Mac OS X and Linux

Brace yourselves, this question will likely appear naive and/or foolish, seeing as I am relatively new to the inner workings of unix like systems, and programming in general. Ready? Ok! I will go ...
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The way to use `/usr/bin/env sed -f ` in shebang?

Typing /usr/bin/env sed -f in terminal works. But if use it as a shebang, #!/usr/bin/env sed -f s/a/b/ The script will be fail to execute: /usr/bin/env: sed -f: No such file or directory I kind ...
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What does “LSB” mean when referring to executable files in the output of /bin/file?

I have found the term "LSB executable" or "LSB shared object" in the output of the file command in Linux. For example: $ file /bin/ls /bin/ls: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), ...
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How did the ~/.local/bin thing start? How widespread is it?

I find more and more tools that put executables into ~/.local/bin. I am old and for me ~/bin is the place in my $HOME for executables. Where did this crazy new fashion originate? Why are people doing ...
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Different methods to run a non-nixos executable on Nixos

What are the different methods to run a non-nixos executable on NixOs? I'd like to see also the manual methods.
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Why can't root execute when executable bits are not set?

root user can write to a file even if its write permissions are not set. root user can read a file even if its read permissions are not set. root user can cd into a directory even if its execute ...
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Execute as .test rather than ./test

Supposing I am in the same folder as an executable file, I would need to type this to execute it: ./file I would rather not have to type /, because / is difficult for me to type. Is there an easier ...
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Running sh script: «Permission denied» despite the executable bit and root rights

I installed Debian in VirtualBox (for various experiments which usually broke my system) and tried to launch the VirtualBox guest addon script. I logged in as root and tried to launch autorun.sh, but ...
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Linux executable fails with “File not found” even though the file is there and in PATH

I want to launch the wine executable (Version 2.12), but I get the following error ($=shell prompt): $ wine bash: /usr/bin/wine: No such file or directory $ /usr/bin/wine bash: /usr/bin/wine: No such ...
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Why updating a running Linux system is not problematic?

It's years I use Linux systems on a daily basis, and I never had major problems by updating a system when it was running, but I still wonder why this is possibile. Let me make an example. Suppose a ...
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How to trick a particular command into thinking it is a different date?

How can I execute a command making it believe that is on a different date than system one? For instance, if I have this script: #!/usr/bin/env bash date +"%B %d, %Y" It prints the actual date: ...
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How does Linux determine what facilities to use to run a (non-text) binary?

I understand that Linux uses shebang line to determine what interpreter to use for scripting languages, but how does it work for binaries? I mean I can run Linux binaries, and having installed both ...
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How is it possible to do a live update while a program is running?

I wonder how killer applications such as Thunderbird or Firefox can be updated via the system's package manager while they are still running. What happens with the old code while they are being ...

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