I want to add a script directory in my home directory (for something different then just adding to bin). I keep getting "No such file or directory" after updating. Now I noticed that in the GUI file manager in the "Home" directory it looks like what I see in the terminal under /home/tony/ (tony is my log in). I am doing everything in the terminal but that is confusing so as an aside can someone explain that discrepancy?

So in my terminal I run ls and I can see the subdirectory "scripts" and I can run the scripts in the directory manually.

I can move there and run pwd and I get /home/tony/scripts

so in my .bashrc file I added at the very bottom many different attempts and I always "get" the update however the directory is never found. As in my path gets updated and when I $echo it back it give the error message and of course my scripts do not run.

I have for example right now

export PATH

And then whether I "source" it again or open a new terminal I always get "No such file or directory"

it prints out the change I make every time and I have tried all sorts of combinations (i.e. $PATH:$HOME/scripts ...) and no matter what I do it finds no directory.


Based on the first response I commented out the changes in my .bashrc and I am still getting the error for something basic in my path from the install.

So this is my current path when I log in that was set up by the install... I really have not done much yet to this install at all.

tony@tony-GT70-MSI:~$ $echo $PATH
bash: /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games: No such file or directory

posted my .bashrc here... http://paste.ubuntu.com/8562344/ LOL and the last two are commented while I am trying to work this out... but when uncommented they show in the path.

  • Can you post your .bashrc to paste.ubuntu.com and edit your question to add a link to it?
    – muru
    Oct 14, 2014 at 23:45
  • Try running echo $PATH instead. The $ in front of echo is causing the error.
    – camconn
    Oct 14, 2014 at 23:51
  • @camconn YES removing the $ did remove the bogus error message I was focusing on. Oct 15, 2014 at 2:28

2 Answers 2


I looks like you forgot a trailing slash /. Try this instead:

export PATH=$PATH:/home/tony/scripts/
  • nope that didn't work. I tried probably 30 different variations or more. I spent probably 45 min trying all sorts of things before posting here. Oct 14, 2014 at 23:34
  • @user1054210 How are you running your scripts? Are the scripts executable (chmod +x your_script_name.sh)? You should be able to run a script with just script.sh from your home.
    – camconn
    Oct 14, 2014 at 23:38
  • yes as I explained in the original post the scripts are running normally if I manually type in the path or run from the working directory. The path updates when I change the .bashrc so far as I can tell by echoing the path back out but they do not run unless I type in the full path. Oct 14, 2014 at 23:47
  • I updated the question. I think the error message I was focusing on is for something else that may be allowing the path to update but still not work...? Oct 14, 2014 at 23:48
  • @user1054210 Can you please post the results of ls -l and pwd of your scripts directory and the output of echo $PATH?
    – camconn
    Oct 14, 2014 at 23:53

Based on your pasted .bashrc and ls -l output, once the PATH lines are uncommented again, you should be able to run your test script.

Try uncommenting those lines and then:

. ~/.bashrc
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    Sometimes you just need to sleep it off. I figured out my error and it was in the execution. I was still adding the ./ before the script after having adding the path to the script into PATH. Once it is in the PATH variable you don't need to designate the path to it and especially call it "here" when it is "there"... I just needed some coffee. I used to be real good at Unix and a VI master in the '90s but it has been nearly 15 years since I sat down and worked in this type of enviro seriously. Oct 15, 2014 at 15:53
  • @user1054210 That should definitely be an answer, not a comment. I'll upvote if noone else will ;) Jun 17, 2016 at 16:30

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