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Old 10-03-2003, 09:23 PM   #1
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Difficulty executing a binary file

I've done this before successfully, but don't quite understand why I'm having difficulty now.

I have a binary file I want to run under Linux. As with every other binary file, I try to execute it with 'sh' but I get an error message... 'cannot execute binary file' Anyone have any suggestions?

I see the file listed as an executable, but somethings just not right. The binary file I download, which installs the program, ran perfectly fine.

Any ideas?
Old 10-03-2003, 09:25 PM   #2
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Sh interprets shell scripts. They are not binary files, they are an interpreted scripting language.

To run binary files use:


Without the <>
No space before.
Old 10-03-2003, 11:03 PM   #3
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I appreciate the response. Thanks. That should have dawned on me.


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