Posted on 2014-09-02
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I am running Red Hat 6.x

I get the foolowing results from the following command:

[root@mmclnt1 bin]# cd /bin/bash
-bash: cd: /bin/bash: Not a directory

How do I install bash on my machine ?
Question by:Anthony Lucia
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Seth Simmons earned 1000 total points
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bash should already be there and the default shell
if you type ps it should show bash as running
cd is for changing directories; bash is a file not a directory
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by:Kent W
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It should be installed.  /bin/bash is a binary, not a directory.
You can
cd /bin
ls -l bash

You can tell which shell you are using via -
ps -p $$

You should get something like
  PID TTY          TIME CMD
19301 pts/3    00:00:00 bash
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Are you sure it's not already installed? The command that you used will always return "Not a directory", even when bash is installed. That's because /bin/bash is an executable file, not a directory.

To run a script using bash, use this syntax:
bash your_script.sh

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