bad interpreter: No such file or directory when running perl script on OS X


I found a perl script that refused to run on Max OSX. I would consistently get:

#: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

This link set me on the right direction by suggesting that there were DOS CR characters in the file rather than the *nix LF, but his suggestion didn’t work for me. Instead, I used vim to create a new file and copied the text from a text editor, and simply pasted it into vim.

A bit crude, but it worked for me

Command summary:

vim newfile
<esc>:i <now paste>
<esc>
:wq
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About RedNectar Chris Welsh

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2 Responses to bad interpreter: No such file or directory when running perl script on OS X

  1. If you’ve already got vim open, you can convert the line endings with :set fileformat=unix in command mode.
    Or use any of the (perl|sed|awk|$whathaveyou) oneliners :)

    • rednectar says:

      Sorry Marko but the command :set fileformat=unix did absolutely nothing when I tried it. Maybe using a different version of OS X (I’m using 10.6.5)

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