I'm trying to get a simple script "test1.sh" to work on my pi, but keep getting

-bash: test1: command not found

the script is literally:


echo "Hello World!"

and called test1.sh, located in the /home/scripts directory.

I can navigate to it in terminal, but it will not run.

Iv'e set the permissions to 755 on the script and the "scripts" directory

I'm trying to run from the user pi.

any ideas what i'm doing wrong?

  • What do you get when you run /bin/bash /home/scripts/test1.sh?
    – Craig
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:40

2 Answers 2


You do call your script with a path in front, like /home/scripts/test1.sh or ./test1.sh, do you? What does ls -la /home/scripts/test1.sh say?

  • OR the script has to be in an environment path. Like /usr/src I think?
    – Piotr Kula
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 17:56
  • That might be a good idea: Add $HOME/scripts to $PATH
    – Wolf
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:01
  • ls -la /home/scripts/test1.sh says: -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 34 Feb 24 17:27 /home/scripts/test1.sh
    – reggie
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:04
  • Why is the file owned by root? Have you tried chown pi:pi /home/scripts/test1.sh and then calling it again?
    – Wolf
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:05
  • i did "pi:pi /home/scripts/test1.sh" and tried to run it again, and yes i run it using "/home/scripts/test1.sh", but still same error. i don't understand "$HOME/scripts to $PATH". Do i have to add this to my script?
    – reggie
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:10

this link helped

I was editing in windows, using notepad++ and then using winscp to move it over to the PI. I needed to save it in notepad as a unix file - oops!

  • That is really wierd. I use Notepad++ and Filezilla SFTP to transfer scritps over the whole time. I do a chmod +x and use ./filename.sh and its fine. Possibly you are using another encoding (another language on your computer?) Make sure its UTF8 like most English PC's hsould default to.
    – Piotr Kula
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 21:32
  • An editor you can use on the Pi, in terminal or SSH, is nano - easy to use, and can have syntax highlighting enabled - see here.
    – Wilf
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 13:19

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