Questions relating to the execution (running) of a file (usually a compiled binary) or a command.

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How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus?

When I double-click on a script in Nautilus to run it, the script just opens in my text editor with no option to run it. Using Nautilus, how do I run executable text files and/or scripts?
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Why doesn't rc.local run all my commands, and what can I do about it?

I have the following rc.local script: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # ...
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How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus rather than open them in Gedit text editor? [duplicate]

When I double-click on a script in Nautilus in order to run it, the script opens in my text editor with no option to do so. Using Nautilus, how do I run executable text files and/or scripts?
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Execute command before shutdown/reboot

I have a machine running a couple of vagrant VM. The problem I have is that sometimes I forget to shutdown those VM before I shutdown or reboot my machine. Because of that my machine get stuck with ...
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How do I run a command?

I am a new user, who has just been told to run / execute a command. The answer has some text with a grey background like this text here or sometimes this text here. However, I don't know what "run" ...
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Execute command from file in current shell [duplicate]

I want to executed command from file (which is script) in current shell in terminal. Example: I have file ch_dir contains following: #!/bin/bash cd /usr Now if I execute file usually as following ...
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How to get sudo to prompt you for a password each time

I find that if I execute something using sudo that then if I execute something else soon after also using sudo, that it does not prompt me for my password, and although this can be inconvenient in ...
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What is use of command: `command`?

Recently I found command: command which has no manual entry but help displays as follows: $ help command command: command [-pVv] command [arg ...] Execute a simple command or display information ...
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Run command on another(new) terminal window

How to run any command in another terminal window? Example: I opened one terminal window and if I run command like apropos editor, then it run and out-puts on that window. But I want to run same ...
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Add to path only sh file not a dir

I have a bin folder with a bunch of sh files. For example "server-run.sh", "server-stop.sh", "server-do-something.sh". And I want to run file "server-stop.sh" from anywhere. I could add this bin ...
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Pausing a long running program in the terminal?

Is there a keyboard key combination that I can use to pause a program running in the terminal? In case it matters, I don't intend to run anything else inside that terminal while the program is paused. ...
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What does 'chmod +x <filename>' and how do I use it? [closed]

I want to write a 'batch file', but I don't know how to use chmod +x <filename> command, nor where to use it.
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Unable to change execute permissions of .sh file [duplicate]

I'm out with a new problem. I've downloaded a jdk7.sh file. Now I'm unable to change the permission of the file to allow executing the file as a program. I mark the check box and again it disappears.
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Is there any difference between run command in terminal & ALT+F2

For running direct commands, there are two ways. Either run in Terminal Or run from the "Run Command" dialogue (screen shown below) obtained from Alt+F2 Then, Is there any difference between ...
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How do I run a sudo command needing password input in the background?

I have recently disabled sudo's authentication caching ability so that it now prompts me for a password every time. And though this is good for security, it has caused one slight problem which I ...
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How do I change the launcher commands?

I'd like to change the behaviour of the launcher, so that if I click on the firefox icon, it runs the command $ optirun firefox Does anyone know how to change it? Thank you
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How to make it so that a file can only be executed by root, but not as root?

There are certain applications that I don't want people to be able to open unless they have root privileges, however I do not want to give the programs root privileges. So how can I make it so that ...
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Most efficient way of launching and separating a program from the terminal? [duplicate]

I'm trying to launch a program from the Terminal in such a way that the following occurs: Closing the Terminal does not close the program The program is not outputting anything to the Terminal while ...
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Why do some programs running from Terminal using '&' close when Terminal does and others do not?

I was just wondering, for instance when I launch qtox with: qtox & And then close Terminal, qtox closes with it. However when running etherape using: sudo etherape & Closing Terminal ...
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Needed simple script/loop/command for input command, execute and output within textfiles

Suppose I have list of commands in text file as below (cat cmdlist.txt):- cut lshw top awk sensors Now I want to get simple information on that command by whatis cut, whatis lshw etc. respectively ...
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How to automatically execute a command every time a certain command terminates?

Example: Once the add-apt-repository process has terminated, immediately run apt-get update - without having to enter the command manually. Is there a way to do this? Is it possible to set such a ...
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How can I access the locational data of the currently selected file or folder?

I want to be able to select a file, run a script with a shortcut and that script gets the path of the file I've selected (or am dragging). I've selected it in nautilus. I know how to run the command, ...
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rc.local won't execute the script

This is my rc.local #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # value on error. # ...
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How to run executables directly from nautilus? [duplicate]

When I write C codes in geany and the build and then run the program from there using the buttons there, it works fine. Again I can run the compiled executables using ./file_name command from terminal ...
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Minecraft not Executing

So, I've had Ubuntu for a good 6 months on my HP Chromebook 14. I downloaded and began playing Minecraft immediately with no problem. Then, today I go onto my laptop and open up Ubuntu. I double click ...
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So many user apps, but only a few on launcher, why not a launcher page or a command to install on launcher? [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu, have v. 14.04. I look on installed apps page and see user apps installed but find no way to access them, and no way to place an app link in the launcher, why is this? People would ...