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Old 10-08-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
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cannot execute binary file

hi, guys,
I got a Back Track 2 installed in VMWare. I found all the files under

/usr/bin cannot be executed. The error message is

"cannot execute binary file"

Also there is a '*' following the filenames like "file*"

However, if I create a C program and gcc it, it works.

Can someone tell me what's wrong ? Thanks a lot.
Old 10-08-2007, 10:50 PM   #2
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When you compile a file with gcc, you do so with your user permissions, therefore you have permission to execute the file.

You may not have permission to execute files in /usr/bin, or, /usr/bin is not in your PATH environment variable. In that case, you must either give the full path to the executable to run it, cd to /usr/bin to run the executable, or add /usr/bin to your path.
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How are your partitions mounted? In particular, is /usr/bin or /usr on a separate partition? If so, what are the mount options on said partition?


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