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Old 03-10-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
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Shell won't execute commands....

Could anyone explain the below....

The command "kmtest" is defined as:

[root@localhost kurt]# cat kmtest

It has permissions as follows:

[root@localhost kurt]# ls -lc kmtest
-rwxrwxr-- 1 kurt kurt 19 Mar 10 14:54 kmtest
Yet, when I try to execute it, the result is "command not found"...

[root@localhost kurt]# kmtest
bash: kmtest: command not found
[root@localhost kurt]#
Help would be appreciated....
Old 03-10-2006, 03:22 PM   #2
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try /.kmtest
Old 03-10-2006, 05:19 PM   #3
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I think nadroj was trying to say
Must've been reading too much slashdot lately, eh?
Old 03-10-2006, 06:14 PM   #4
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A little explanation:

When you type a command at the prompt, by default Linux will search in the directories contained in the PATH environment variable. You can see the contents of this variable with:
echo $PATH
Using ./ before the command forces linux to run it from the current directory (referenced by the first dot). You could also run it by specifying the full path.

To be able to run a command from anywhere in the system, therefore, you can place it in one of the directories identified in PATH. You will probably find that you have a bin sub-directory in your home folder, and that this is already in PATH. If you do not have such a directory, you can create it, and then add the following lines to your shell's config file (if you're using bash, this is .bashrc which will be in your home folder):
export $PATH
This will be added next time a shell is opened. After adding a new script / command to your bin directory, you may then find you have to run hash -r to renew the shell's list of command locations.

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yes benji.. thanks
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Many thanks for your help... I'll have to pay attention to PATH...
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questions like this should be in newbie section

just saying is all


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