Solved

can't run scripts

Posted on 2000-05-05
6
181 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
I have experience using a unix type system, but never as an asministrator.  I installed Mandrake(Red Hat) 6.0 on my system so I could test perl cgi scripts before ftp-ing them to my host server.  But I can't run any scripts from the command line. I chmod all scripts to 0755. If I try to run them, I get:
test.cgi :command not found
if I remove the .cgi extension, I won't get an error, but the script does nothing.  It just returns me to the prompt again. (the same is true for regular shell scripts). I chose to install apache web server as one of the options in the install program, but i don't know how (or if I have to) configure it.

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:gshocker
6 Comments
 
LVL 40

Expert Comment

by:jlevie
ID: 2782597
Did you copy the scripts from a windows system in binary mode? If so they have embedded carriage returns that must be removed. Do the scripts include a "magic token (with no leading whitespace) as the first line of each file, something like "#!/bin/sh" or "#!/usr/bin/perl", etc.? The target of the magic token must exist for the script to be runnable.
0
 

Author Comment

by:gshocker
ID: 2782928
I did copy some scripts from windows, but i also wrote some in pico on that system. Same result. I did use a shebang line (magic token?). I typed whereis perl at the promt and got /usr/bin/perl, so I think that's correct.

Thanks
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:mcrider
ID: 2783249
It is possible that your command search path does not include the "current directory...

Try this to start your CGI script:


     ./test.cgi


Cheers!®©
0
Free learning courses: Active Directory Deep Dive

Get a firm grasp on your IT environment when you learn Active Directory best practices with Veeam! Watch all, or choose any amount, of this three-part webinar series to improve your skills. From the basics to virtualization and backup, we got you covered.

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:mcrider
ID: 2790963
gshocker, You still there??
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:tadams
ID: 2820132
mcrider is most likely right.  As for renaming your script to test.  Test is a predefined command, and since the system searches your path, and the current directory is not in your path, you simply end up running test which does nothing for your purposes.
0
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
mcrider earned 50 total points
ID: 2828297
gshocker, You still there??
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Daily system administration tasks often require administrators to connect remote systems. But allowing these remote systems to accept passwords makes these systems vulnerable to the risk of brute-force password guessing attacks. Furthermore there ar…
It’s 2016. Password authentication should be dead — or at least close to dying. But, unfortunately, it has not traversed Quagga stage yet. Using password authentication is like laundering hotel guest linens with a washboard — it’s Passé.
Learn how to find files with the shell using the find and locate commands. Use locate to find a needle in a haystack.: With locate, check if the file still exists.: Use find to get the actual location of the file.:
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…

740 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question