I hope that my post is acceptable although I am actually running lubuntu, not ubuntu.

I am trying to create an executable file but I am having difficulties.

I created a script with a text editor and saved it onto my desktop:

echo hello

I ran sudo chmod +xand sudo chmod 755 on it. When I double click on it I get a dialogue box asking me either to execute or execute in terminal as follows:

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When I click on execute, I get Failed to execute child process "/home/name/Desktop/helloworld" (Permission denied)

If I click on execute in terminal, I just get a new terminal window with name@macbook:~/Desktop$ but no sign of my script.

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    Why is your shebang #!/usr/bin? ..please read this
    – heemayl
    Mar 14, 2015 at 20:55
  • Just tested this, file named as test.sh with #!/bin/bash as first line. Works fine from command line. Are you actually trying to create a GUI-executable (icon)?
    – david6
    Mar 14, 2015 at 21:21

1 Answer 1


This is most likely caused by your Shebang - the #!/usr/bin line in your script.

The Shebang in a script is what tells Ubuntu/Linux/BASH what command to run to interpret or execute the script.

Python script shebangs are usually #!/usr/bin/env python or #!/usr/bin/python (says to run the script with the Python interpreter) and BASH scripts (like yours is) are usually #!/bin/bash (says to run the script in a BASH terminal) or #!/bin/sh (run the script with sh or shell).

Because /usr/bin is a directory, not a program/sym-link to a program, nothing can actually be executed.

Try changing that initial line to be #!/bin/bash:

echo hello
  • Sadly nothing has changed except that clicking on execute now does nothing, not even give an error.
    – Nick
    Mar 14, 2015 at 21:06
  • @Dr.Paul That's because you're running the echo command, which only outputs to the terminal. Try changing the echo Hello line in your script to `notify-send "Hello!" "Hello There!". It'll display a notification. Look here for more explanation on how to send custom notifications. Mar 14, 2015 at 21:09
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    One point, python uses #!/usr/bin/python or #!/usr/bin/env python
    – heemayl
    Mar 14, 2015 at 21:10
  • @heemayl True. I've always used the #!/usr/env/python one, couldn't remember what the other correct one was. Edited, thanks for pointing that out :) Mar 14, 2015 at 21:11
  • Are you sure? there is no env directory in /usr so no question about /usr/env/python..
    – heemayl
    Mar 14, 2015 at 21:15

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