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Old 06-27-2008, 08:16 AM   #1
chochem
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Shell: tr can only be used when given full path (despite being in $PATH)


I recently did a reinstall of ubuntu 8.04 and many of my scripts started malfunctioning. Checking up on it, I found that all 'tr' operations result in the error 'Broken pipe', as in
Code:
chochem@MYLAPTOP:~$ echo test
test
chochem@MYLAPTOP:~$ echo test | tr -d t
bash: echo: write error: Broken pipe
Further checking: tr can be used but only when given full path, i.e.
Code:
chochem@MYLAPTOP:~$ echo test | /usr/bin/tr -d t
es
(or when settting an alias: alias tr='/usr/bin/tr')
echo $PATH clearly indicates that /usr/bin is in path, and other /usr/bin apps work just fine. tr has execution permissions for everybody. Doing 'tr' just gives me a new line.

Can anybody explain this?
 
Old 06-27-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
matthewg42
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What is the output of this command?
Code:
type tr
 
Old 06-27-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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D'oh... an empty shell script by the same name was in my home bin directory Thanks for the suggestion.
 
  


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