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Why does this command not work?

When I run this command:

$ chmod 777 cache/ log/

I get this:

-bash: $: command not found

This is killing me. I'm trying to make my way through, what should be, a very basic and intuitive Symfony tutorial, and it's like pulling teeth. What am I doing wrong with the above shell command?

4 Solutions
Try it without the $
chmod 777 cache/ log/
It could be that your env variable PATH is not set correctly.

run below command and see:

echo $PATH


run this command

which chmod
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You may not have permissions.  If it's Ubuntu, you will need to use 'sudo' first and give your password.  But that only works if you are included in the 'sudo' users group.
sudo chmod 777 cache/ log/

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I think ozo is right - the "$" indicates the command prompt that you type the chmod command at simlar to C:\> , not something you need to type yourself. The equivalent prompt for the root user would be "#", but typing the "#" at the front of a command would act to comment the command out.

* The prompt can be changed by modifying the PS1 environment variable
brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Hey, folks!

Thanks so much for your time!

Here's what I tried:

Last login: Mon Jul 21 06:57:02 on console
Bruce-Gusts-iMac:~ bruce$ chmod 777 cache/log/
chmod: cache/log/: No such file or directory
Bruce-Gusts-iMac:~ bruce$ which chmod
Bruce-Gusts-iMac:~ bruce$

You'll see the first command was a deployment of the first suggestion, which was to eliminate the "$" symbol prior to the command. After that, I ran the "which chmod" and got what you see above.

What do you think?
brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I figured it out!

The instructions that I was following necessitate being at a specific directory and I wasn't there when I attempt the chmod command. Once I positioned myself in the appropriate folder where the cache and log folders existed, I could run the command without a problem.

BTW: I'm desperately making my way through a Symfony tutorial and I'm confident I will have a bunch of questions. For those of you who are looking for some easy money / points, keep the Bruce-ster in your sights and there will be plenty of opportunities.

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