I have a storage drive I normally mount just clicking on the disc in the file browser. However, I want to be able to run some bash scripts from that drive. When I try ./script.sh I get Permission Denied. How can I set it up so I can run scripts from this drive?

  • What filesystem is used on the drive in question? – dobey Jan 22 '13 at 21:10
  • @dobey I'm pretty sure its NTFS – Nathan Schwermann Jan 22 '13 at 21:18

Work Around

There is a simple work around, instead of ./script.sh, do

sh script.sh


bash script.sh

You should check the first line of script.sh to confirm which shell to use.

Manual Mount

Mount with command line, you can use the exec option as follow

mount -o exec <device> <mount-point/path>

mount -o exec /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

If the disc is automounted, you will have to un-mount(not eject) it with file manager first.


This is the complicated way and is answered in this post.

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  • No good, the script also tries to call other scripts and stuff getting permission denied. – Nathan Schwermann Jan 22 '13 at 21:20
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    You may want to use the manual mount method. – John Siu Jan 22 '13 at 22:29
  • How do I know my arguments, usually the drive is called /media/Media not sure where to get the equivilent of /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom – Nathan Schwermann Jan 23 '13 at 6:21
  • To check your cdrom/dvdrom dev path, put in a disc, wait for it to automount, then in a terminal type "mount", it should show up in the list. Possibiliteis: /dev/sr0 – John Siu Jan 23 '13 at 6:27
  • The second arguments is actually just any empty folder you created beforehand. Common ones to use are /mnt/cdrom, /media/cdrom – John Siu Jan 23 '13 at 6:28

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