I've got a simple script which runs a windows program through wine with an argument (ie. myScript.sh = ~/some/path/someProgram.exe someArg). When I run it from its own directory it works fine:

cd ~/some/path

However if I try to run it from somewhere else:

cd /home/me

Because of How to execute script in different directory? I thought this might work:


but the script (or the resulting wine call) fails if I do anything other than run the script from the directory. Is there anyway to call the script from elsewhere without breaking it?

P.S. This isn't a permissions issue: the script has executable permission on for all users.

  • Create a bin dir in /home/$USER and add that to your path then put it in bin now you can run it from anywhere Dec 2, 2017 at 19:08
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    Please edit your original question to show the script. It will help us help you. Otherwise we can only guess what is the problem.
    – sudodus
    Dec 2, 2017 at 19:09
  • I think the link you gave should have an answer! Did you add cd $(dirname $0) as suggested in one the answers there? Dec 2, 2017 at 19:10
  • @sudodus I shared the script in my question: some/path/someProgram.exe someArgis the entire script (although as I mentioned someProgram.exe gets run by wine), and the specific executable/argument is irrelevant to the issue (plus I rather doubt you're familiar with it anyway). Dec 2, 2017 at 19:25
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    Would it help to use a full path to the exe file or maybe in some argument?
    – sudodus
    Dec 2, 2017 at 19:39

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I found a sloppy solution: I made things working by explicitly calling cd inside my script and then using wine explicitly to run the executable:

cd ~/some/path
wine someProgram.exe someArg

However it seems like there should be some way to make that work without explicitly calling cd, and I'll accept any answer that explains it. I won't accept this one since it doesn't truly answer my original question (because it does the cd it's not really running things "from elsewhere").

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    I think this solution is OK. You need not feel that it is sloppy ;-)
    – sudodus
    Dec 2, 2017 at 19:42

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