/bin/bash: bad interpreter: Text file busy Error and Solution

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Q. I’m getting an error as follows while trying to run a shell script over remote ssh session:


/bin/bash: bad interpreter: Text file busy

How do I fix this error message and run the script?

A. This error means some other process or user is accessing your file. Your script file is open and hence bash giving out this error.

To list open file use lsof command, enter:
# lsof | grep myscript.sh
Sample output:

cat       4995      root    1w      REG                8,2     1374   28409914 /home/vivek/myscript.sh
cat       5031      root    1w      REG                8,2     1374   28409914 /home/vivek/myscript.sh
cat       5069      root    1w      REG                8,2     1374   28409914 /home/vivek/myscript.sh

You can wait or simply kill those process with kill command:
# kill 4995 5031 5069
Now, try to run script again:
# ./myscript.sh


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

10 comment

  1. I had type this command :
    pkill myscript.sh

    but if you want use lsof the -t option show only the PID :
    kill `lsof -t myscript.sh`

    1. dos2unix Try this ..it will work..it will convert from dos mode to unix mode…while transferring the file from dos to unix unwanted characters will be appended..the above cmd will solve this issue

  2. How about a real solution: allow interpreters to run files that are open and locked! This (recent) kernel change sucks.

  3. My problem occurred coz I transferred the script from a windows machine to linux. Once I converted it to unix compatible file (using dos2unix command) the problem went away

  4. i install ubundu and iam trying to set single node for my project… while setting namenode we have to run one program.. when i tried to run it showing a bash error like this
    -bash:bin/hadoop:permission denied
    pls help me and reply me as soon as possible

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