I am trying to run a simple Bash script called deploy-site.sh (by http://klau.si/dev). I made the necessary edits to run it locally (change of WORKDIR, etc). I also followed the instructions here.

mkdir ~/bin
chmod 755 ~/bin

(To store the script in my home folder. Then I rebooted, so the system recognizes it.)

sudo chmod +x <path>
sudo chmod 755 <filename>

However, whenever I go to the terminal to execute the Bash script, I get:

$ sudo deploy-site.sh <sitename>
sudo: deploy-site.sh: command not found

How can I fix this problem?

Here is the original script:


if [[ $# -lt 1 || $1 == "--help" || $1 == "-h" ]]
  echo "Usage:"
  echo "  sudo `basename $0` SITENAME"
  echo "Examples:"
  echo "  sudo `basename $0` drupal-8"


echo "<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAlias $1.localhost
    DocumentRoot $WORKDIR/$1
    <Directory \"$WORKDIR/$1\">
        Options FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
</VirtualHost>" > $APACHEDIR/$1.conf
a2ensite $1
service apache2 restart
grep -q "  $1.localhost" $HOSTSFILE
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
  echo "  $1.localhost" >> $HOSTSFILE

As requested, here is the results of echo $PATH


  • Just because you add it to ~/bin and reboot doesn't mean that the system recognizes it - you need to add it your PATH.
    – Wilf
    Jul 12, 2015 at 8:36
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    Add output of echo $PATH to your question.
    – Cyrus
    Jul 12, 2015 at 9:10
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    Please run echo $PATH to see if the directory does not appear in $PATH for some reason. @Wilf it should be in $PATH after log out/in or running source ~/.profile. Jul 12, 2015 at 9:20
  • @JacobVlijm not if run with sudo... :)
    – Wilf
    Jul 12, 2015 at 9:24
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    @Wilf aargh, that's why one shouldn't visit AU on a small smartphone :) Jul 12, 2015 at 9:30

4 Answers 4


deploy-site.sh is not in PATH. You have to run it as ./deploy-site.sh if you are in the same directory or /path/deploy-site.sh if not

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    Just to mention: ~/bin should be in $PATH if the directory exists and after log out or running source ~/.profile. Jul 12, 2015 at 9:12

To run it as deploy-site.sh you need to add it to your $PATH - you can view your current path with echo $PATH:

$ echo $PATH

↑ standard path on Ubuntu 14.04 (probably)

You can a few things to 'fix' it:

  • Run it from the current directory:

    wget http://klau.si/sites/default/files/deploy-site.sh_.txt -O deploy-site.sh
    sudo ./deploy-site.sh
  • Add it to a existing directory PATH: As above you can view the existing path with echo $PATH, and add it to one of the directories to make it work - for custom commands that you want to run system-wide /usr/local/bin usually suffices.

    wget http://klau.si/sites/default/files/deploy-site.sh_.txt -O deploy-site
    sudo cp deploy-site /usr/local/bin/
    sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/
    sudo deploy-site
  • Add the directory to the PATH: Normal practice too add it permanently would be to add this to ~/.profile, ~/.bash_profile etc:

    # Get the aliases and functions
    if [ -f ~/.bashrc ] ; then
    . ~/.bashrc
    #User specific environment and startup programs
    export PATH

    BUT this only works for your current user (not when run with sudo). To make it work with sudo (i.e. the root user) ou should be able to make in a similar way by (CAREFULLY) modifying /etc/environment (or possibly /root/.profile etc), but as this script looks like it only need to be run once, I would recommend one of the above methods.


You can run it by

sudo bash deploy-site.sh
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    This answer makes no sense, because there is already a shebang in the script.
    – A.B.
    Jul 12, 2015 at 10:48
  • still should work - I don't think it needs the ./ or to executable permission then as well.
    – Wilf
    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:35
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    I see down-votes and delete flag, please explain why before voting down or deleting this answer, I am sure it works and I use this way, you can see it as a hint in tldp.org/LDP/Bash-Beginners-Guide/html/sect_02_01.html
    – Mike
    Jul 12, 2015 at 17:24
  • for all those concerned this answer works perfectly... but adding the bash command seems to be an extra step... anyway I can run script with the bash as designed?
    – nightwatch
    Jul 13, 2015 at 9:20

You are just changing the file permission. To run the script you can specify full pathname as tikend's answer.

If you want to use it as a command from any directory, create a link in /usr/bin and you can use the link as command.

$ cd /usr/bin
$ sudo ln /path/to/your/script linkname

now you can type linkname from any directory.

  • make the symlink, but can't run from any directory. still requires a path to execute
    – nightwatch
    Jul 13, 2015 at 9:28
  • did you try the the script's filename or the linkname. you have to use the linkname as command now.
    – Pravin
    Jul 13, 2015 at 17:39
  • but what is the link name?
    – Lan...
    Jul 20, 2016 at 15:37
  • linkname is whatever you want your command to be called by. you fill it in. Jul 20, 2016 at 15:49

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