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Cannot execute a Perl Script from the command line

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I wan't to execute a perl script from the command line.

if I type: "perl hello.pl"

it works fine:

However if I type just: hello.pl

nothing happens I just get "bash: hello.pl: command not found"

How do I get around this, I assume I have to edit my PATH or something to point to my perl executable!!!

Any help....
- Troyh
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by:de2Zotjes
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try doing:
cd to teh directory where hello.pl is stored.
chmod a+x hello.pl

This command "tags" the file hello.pl as an executable.

If the file allready is executable then again cd to the directory where hello.pl is stored and do ./hello.pl

If that last one works it means that you stored hello.pl in a directory that is not in the path. There are 2 solutions to that problem:
1) move the file to a directory that is in the path. This would be my choice, the custom for "home" made stuff is to put it either in  /<userhome>/bin or /usr/local/bin
2) add the directory where hello.pl is stored to the path. How to do this depends on the shell you are using.
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by:Troyh
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It works fine if I put the script into the /usr/local/bin

I am using the /usr/bash SHELL, so how do I update the PATH for this shell?

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You do not need to now, since the script is in the path by moving it, but..

for bash:
simple update of running environment:

export PATH=$PATH:/the/new/path/element

making this permanent for a single user:
edit the file /<userhome>/.bash_profile
add the export PATH=... line as the last line of the script

making this permanent for all users:
edit the file /etc/profile
I can't give any exact directions, because different disto's have different ideas of what this profile looks like, so updating it is distro dependent.
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