mkdir working in command line but not working in csh script

Zhihua Liang
Fri Mar 21 21:47:00 GMT 2014

Eliot, Thank you for your help. After I add option -p after mkdir in csh script, it is working and the target directory is created after I run csh script.

The parent directory of /home/userID/ is already exist before run csh script.
What I mean command line is for enter mkdir command in cygwin terminal after $ sign and it can create directory.
Without -p option the mkdir in csh script cannot create subdirectory /home/userID/jobs
Now with -p option, the nkdir in csh script can create /home/userID/jobs.

Thank you all for your help. Have a great weekend!


On Friday, March 21, 2014 12:38 PM, Eliot Moss <> wrote:
On 3/20/2014 5:44 PM, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> On 3/20/2014 11:20 AM, Zhihua Liang wrote:

>> mkdir working in command line but not working in csh script, After
>> running  csh script, the error message is:
>> mkdir: cannot create directory '/home/userID/job': No such file or directory
>> In the command line, mkdir command can create 'job' directory.
>> What is the possible cause or reason for this in cygwin. I have
>> installed  most recent version of cygwin in Windows 7-32 bit system.
> Unless someone here has seen exactly the same problem, you may not get
> much in the way of helpful responses without a more detailed report of
> how to recreate the problem (i.e. a script at least).  cygcheck output
> would be helpful too.  See the problem reporting guidelines at the link
> below for details.
>> Problem reports:

I agree with Larry, but offer a this thought:

Unless you invoke mkdir with -p, it won't create parent directories,
so if /home/userID does not exist, the command will fail, with the error
message you indicated.  If by "command line" you mean using the Windows
command line program CMD.EXE, then its behavior is like mkdir -p, not mkdir.
(Cygwin follows Posix standards on this, on purpose; it does not aim to mimic

If you are talking about bash or csh as your command line, then I do not
have further suggestions without seeing more details.

Regards -- Eliot Moss

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