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Old 03-21-2004, 09:36 PM   #1
Corallis
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Simple shell script problem?


I am currently following a Linux tutorial and right now I am trying to learn about shell scripts. The tutorial instructed me to make a new .sh file, so I made a file called test.sh. I was then supposed to use the command "chmod 755 test.sh", and I did. Next, I had to add the following lines of code to the file:
Code:
#!/bin/sh
echo "Hi there"
echo "what is your name? (Type your name here and press Enter)"
read NM
echo "Hello $NM"
I put these lines of code in, and saved the file. Next, I was told to execute the script by using the ./test.sh command. However, this resulted in the following error:

corallis@home1:~/Desktop$ ./test.sh
./test.sh: line 2: echo Hi there: command not found
./test.sh: line 3: echo what is your name? (Type your name here and press Enter): command not found
./test.sh: line 4: read NM: command not found
./test.sh: line 5: echo Hello : command not found

Im really stumped as to why this is happening. Im very new to linux, Ive been using windows for the last 8 years. It seems to me as though I might be missing a file of some sort that contains the shell scripting source code, or maybe a path that is supposed to point to the shell scripting source code is incorrect. Then again, Im just assuming there is some sort of shell scripting source code, so I could be way off. Thanks to anyone in advance who can help me.
 
Old 03-21-2004, 09:46 PM   #2
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1. /bin/sh exists, right? Make sure.
2. Creating a file, THEN adding to it, is a little bit odd. Can you do "cat test.sh" to verify that the above lines are the ONLY contents of the file? It works fine for me...
 
Old 03-21-2004, 09:54 PM   #3
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corallis@home1:~/Desktop$ cat test.sh
#!/bin/sh
echo "Hi there"
echo "what is your name? (Type your name here and press Enter)"
read NM
echo "Hello $NM"

Thats the output of "cat"ing the file. Also, I checked and /bin/sh does exist. I went into the /bin folder and found a green sh@ file inside of it. Am I correct to assume that is the file that is required?
 
Old 03-22-2004, 12:25 AM   #4
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Try typing in 'sh test.sh' ... if that works, then it isn't telling sh to interpret your file right.

What is the output of ls -l /bin/*sh? It needs to be executable, so it should look something like
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 614K 2004-02-23 01:47 /bin/sh
or
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 2004-02-24 09:57 /bin/sh -> bash

if it isn't executable, you have issues.
I'd generally recommend using /bin/bash instead of /bin/sh, bash is the latest revision.
 
  


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