FAQ: Learn Bash Scripting - Introduction to Bash Scripting

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Learn the Command Line

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Step 3. requires us to use ./script.sh to run the script in the terminal.
I think I missed a crucial piece of information because I don’t remember that command being taught before.
I actually had to look at the hint to figure out what I was expected to do.
In my opinion, looking at the hints should be a last resource sort of thing, not the go-to place to receive the information that’s needed in order to complete a lesson. What am I missing here? I even checked very own list of commands and couldn’t find it there. :sweat_smile:


You just wrote that command, it is the path of your file, there’s nothing else going on there, not a single character

I am sorry, could you elaborate a little bit? I’m completely new to everything related to programming and just started with Codecademy about 9 days ago. Is ./script.sh not a command? Am I not commanding the CLI to run a script? Does writing the path of a file automatically run it in Bash?

It’s not automatic if you tell it. But other than that, yes, most commands are files by those names. Regular programs.

This particular lesson was extremely frustrating.

It didn’t explain the differences between the script.sh window or the bash window. There’s an entire section of the lesson explaining a chmod command that doesn’t actually get addressed or explained.

I also don’t understand why you need to type ./script.sh as opposed to just script.sh
What is the difference?


Question regarding that exercise:

Is it the same when I:

1: add -echo “Hello”- in the bash_profile
2: write a script like “./script.sh” with the -echo “Hello”- and run it on the terminal