newbie question -- problem with launching shell script files

Brian Dessent
Wed Oct 3 05:20:00 GMT 2007

Alexey Illarionov wrote:

> I wrote a small script. Here is the content of the ''
> #!/bin/sh
> cd /cygdrive/c
> Unfortunately, it does not work. The command './' does nothing.

Let's back up a moment.  What do you expect the above script to actually
do?  Nothing is the proper and expected behavior -- there is no way for
a child process to change the CWD of the parent so if you are expecting
the CWD to be different after running the script then you have a
misunderstanding of how scripting works.  If you want to affect things
like the CWD or environment of the current process, you can't do it by
invoking a child, you must source the contents of the script in the
current process.


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