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How to Make a Shell Script Executable on the Raspberry Pi

howchoo   (433)
August 17, 2023
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If you’ve ever tried running a shell script, only to get a command not found error, it probably means your shell script isn’t executable:

sudo ./install.sh

This very short guide will show you how to make a shell (.sh) script executable on your Raspberry Pi. This assumes your Pi is running Raspberry Pi OS or some other Linux/Unix-based operating system.

1 – Navigate to the file

Navigate to the path of the directory where the file is:

cd ~/some/directory

You can confirm that the file is not executable by running ls -la, and observing there’s no x (for executable):

-rw-r--r--  1 pi pi   684 Dec 16 17:28 install.sh

2 – Make the script executable

To make the script executable, use the chmod command:

sudo chmod +x install.sh

If you run ls -la, you’ll see the file is now executable:

-rwxr-xr-x  1 pi pi   684 Dec 16 17:28 install.sh

You’ll now be able to execute the script successfully:

sudo ./install.sh

It’s worth mentioning that the file doesn’t have to be executable to run it. You can also use sudo sh install.sh, but making it executable is handy in order to execute the script directly.


HeaterMeter: Control your Grill Using a Raspberry Pi!

Fire up the summer with a new Pi project.
howchoo   (433)
November 28, 2023

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to fire up the grill! But who will watch the grill while you’re beating the heat? This year, kick things up a notch with your own Raspberry Pi-powered HeaterMeter. Don’t just throw a BBQ, be a part of it. HeaterMeter lets you keep a close eye on

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