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Old 05-15-2004, 12:42 AM   #1
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Executable compiled w/gcc won't run


I'm a Linux newbie and gcc is stumping me. I am running gcc 3.3.2 under Suse Linux 9.0 personal. I created the canonical hello.c to test the compiler. The code snippet is:

#include <stdio.h>
int main(void)
printf("Hello World\n");
return 0;

It appears to compile properly, but it won't run! The following is a copy of the console screen that describes the behavior:

ebranch@dhcppc5:~/Documents> gcc -o hello hello.c
ebranch@dhcppc5:~/Documents> hello
bash: hello: command not found
ebranch@dhcppc5:~/Documents> ls -l
total 15035
-rwxr-xr-x 1 ebranch users 9866 2004-05-15 00:08 factorial
-rw-r--r-- 1 ebranch users 2875 2004-05-15 00:07 factorial.c
-rw------- 1 ebranch users 2082834 2004-04-14 18:55
-rwxr-xr-x 1 ebranch users 8231 2004-05-15 00:10 hello
-rw-r--r-- 1 ebranch users 73 2004-05-14 22:50 hello.c
-rw------- 1 root root 13260800 2004-04-23 20:47 vide-linux-2.00.tar

By the way, I did the same thing with factorial.c, which is in the public domain and I get the same behavior. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance,

Elliott Branch
Old 05-15-2004, 12:49 AM   #2
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tells bash to look in the PATH variables for which directories the program is at
Old 05-15-2004, 08:50 AM   #3
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Hmmm, I'm not in Windows anymore. Duh!!!

Much thanks,

Old 05-15-2004, 09:05 AM   #4
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You should consider changing your path in .bashrc or .profile to something like this
export PATH
This makes the current working directory part of your path.
Old 05-15-2004, 09:09 AM   #5
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To explain that a bit:
Unlike windows/DOS, Linux/UNIX does not look for the program to start in the current working directory. Say, you are in your home-directory: /home/brancheb (type "pwd" to verify) and you program "hello" is in your home directory. Then entering "hello" on the shell prompt, the shell will only look for the program "hello" to execute in the directories listed in the environment vanriable PATH (the "search path).

Type "echo $PATH" to see what directories the shell wil search for programs.
To solve the problem, there are several possibilities:

1) Start the program by specifying the directory where the program is. The dot: "." specifies the current working directory. So, start the program with "./hello" (like SciYro said) if you are in the directory where the program is. Or the entire path: /home/brancheb/hello. Your home-directory is also in an environment variable: HOME. So you can also start your program with $HOME/hello. Or use the shell's shrotcut for the home-directory: ~/hello.

2) Put the directory where the program is, temporarily in the search path (PATH):
export PATH=$PATH:/home/brancheb
Then you can start it with just "hello". But when you exit the shell (close the xterm, or log out), you'll have to enter the export PATH... command again to make this happen.

3) Log in as root and copy your program to one of the directories listed in PATH (check: "echo $PATH"), preferably in /usr/local/bin if this is in your PATH (depends on your flavour of GNU/Linux)

4) Make a "bin" directory in your home-directory: "mkdir /home/brancheb/bin", copy your program (and furure program) there ("cp hello bin"). Then edit your ~/.bashrc file: Put the line below at the end of this file:

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin

Now the directory /home/brancheb/bin will be permanently part of the search path, but only for the user "brancheb" (counting from the first next time you log in!)

5) Make it work like windows/DOS, by putting the current working directory ( . ) in your search path temporarily by entering the command:

export PATH=$PATH:.

or permanently by putting this line at the end of your ~/.bashrc file.
Note that this practice is considered unsafe. This especially true for the root account: NEVER put the current working directory in the search path of root!. However some flavours of Linux configure this for normal user accounts. Slackware even does this for root (not sure if slackware still does this, but in the past they did). Again: generally this is considered bad practice.
Old 05-16-2004, 02:56 PM   #6
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export PATH"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that would be the same thing as typing PATH=$PATH:$PWD wouldn't it?

Btw, you don't need to type both those lines in linux. In linux you could just type "export PATH=.:$PATH" instead of "PATH=.:$PATH" and "export PATH"


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