Unable to execute a symbolic link in linux

Posted on 2010-09-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Running redhat enterprise linux 5. I created a symbolic link to a shell script but when I try to execute the symbolic link I get the message:
bash: ./ No such file or directory

My working directory is the directory containing the symbolic link and I tried executing it with the command:

Is there some other step I need to perform?
Question by:opike
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Expert Comment

ID: 33655651
What does

ls -l


Expert Comment

ID: 33655767
I dont' think your file is executable.  Either use

  chmod +x

or try


Notice the . with a space after.

Author Comment

ID: 33657091
Here is the output from ls -la (links definitely have execute permission set):

[ollie@oracleepm oraclelinks]$ ls -la
total 12
drwxrwxr-x  2 ollie ollie 4096 Sep 11 17:30 .
drwx------ 23 ollie ollie 4096 Sep 12 08:12 ..
lrwxrwxrwx  1 ollie ollie    8 Sep 11 17:25 ->
lrwxrwxrwx  1 ollie ollie   15 Sep 11 17:30 ->
lrwxrwxrwx  1 ollie ollie    7 Sep 11 17:25 ->
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Tintin earned 500 total points
ID: 33658521
There's your problem, you have a symbolic link pointing to a non-existent file.

Where does exist?

You need to do

ln -s  /some/path/to/

Expert Comment

ID: 33668462
That does kind of raise an interesting point.  I see that the file is executable, but it is pointing to something that is in the local directory or available through the path variable.  Does "./" work?  Does "." work?  And, do the others work, and

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Expert Comment

ID: 33668803

The symlinks won't work as they point to non-existent files.  Simple as that.

Expert Comment

ID: 33688841
@tintin, just checking all bases.  Seems like an odd question to ask about one particular symlink if none are working.  I just wanted to make sure that none of them are working.  No need to blast me... :-p

Author Closing Comment

ID: 33698545
Mixed up order of arguments...

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