I am a rookie in the Linux space, especially Ubuntu. For the past few days, I have been getting an error in the terminal every time I start the console. The error says

mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/home/agrim/go’: File exists

Although, console works perfectly fine,but the error is really annoying. Can anyone please help me out with this ?

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    Whats the output of grep -Hn 'mkdir.*go' ~/.bashrc /etc/bash.bashrc ~/.profile /etc/profile ? – heemayl Mar 22 '16 at 4:32
  • The output is - /home/agrim/.bashrc:117:mkdir ~/go – ashish.one Mar 22 '16 at 6:03

It's just a warning, telling you that it's trying to create a directory that already exist.

As your output result is /home/agrim/.bashrc:117:mkdir ~/go

By removing the mkdir ~/go command in /home/agrim/.bashrc file (should be line 117) can help you to get rid of this issue.

That file can be edited with any text editor, e.g. gedit /home/agrim/.bashrc


The output of

grep -Hn 'mkdir.*go' ~/.bashrc /etc/bash.bashrc ~/.profile /etc/profile


/home/agrim/.bashrc:117:mkdir ~/go

which means in your ~/.bashrc, you have the command mkdir ~/go at line number 117, hence it is being run every time you are starting an interactive shell.

You need to remove that line to get rid of the warning.

You can:

  • Use a text editor like gedit, nano, vim (whatever you prefer), go to line number 117 and remove the line (or put a # infront)

  • Or use sed with pattern matching

    sed -i '/^mkdir[[:blank:]]\+~\/go$/ d' /home/agrim/.bashrc
  • Or remove the specific line (line number 117) with sed:

    sed -i '117 d' /home/agrim/.bashrc
  • Thanks for your support. The problem was born when I tried to install the 'go' compiler over an existing version. – ashish.one Mar 22 '16 at 7:04

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