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I have installed p4 command line client on the server, and something strange is happening. It exists, has executable rights, but I cannot execute it because I received an error message that it does not exists.

I tried looking around, and everyone else who had this problem realized they picked the wrong binary for their box, but I made 100% sure I didn't.

the /usr/local/bin/p4 file is:

  • 0x0755
  • in my $PATH directory (/usr/local/bin)
  • exists in the correct place
  • execution attempted as root & as ubuntu users

here is my terminal output:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo su
+ sudo su

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# wget http://cdist2.perforce.com/perforce/r16.1/bin.freebsd100x86_64/p4
--2017-09-25 22:21:45--  http://cdist2.perforce.com/perforce/r16.1/bin.freebsd100x86_64/p4
Resolving cdist2.perforce.com (cdist2.perforce.com)... 54.192.36.127, 54.192.36.104, 54.192.36.217, ...
Connecting to cdist2.perforce.com (cdist2.perforce.com)|54.192.36.127|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3683848 (3.5M) [application/x-executable]
Saving to: ‘p4’

100%[===================================================================================================================>] 3,683,848   5.06MB/s   in 0.7s

2017-09-25 22:21:46 (5.06 MB/s) - ‘p4’ saved [3683848/3683848]

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# chmod +x p4

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# mv p4 /usr/local/bin/

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# p4
bash: /usr/local/bin/p4: No such file or directory

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# ls -lah /usr/local/bin/p4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3.6M Mar  2  2017 /usr/local/bin/p4

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# file /usr/local/bin/p4
/usr/local/bin/p4: ELF 64-bit LSB  executable, x86-64, version 1 (FreeBSD), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for FreeBSD 10.0 (1000510), stripped

root@ubuntu:/home/ubuntu# uname -m
x86_64

any help is greatly appreciated!

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    FreeBSD binaries won't run on a Linux machine (but Linux binaries can run on a FreeBSD machine). – Mark Wagner Sep 25 '17 at 23:19
  • ah thank you i actually thought freebsd would work on both. – iam-decoder Sep 25 '17 at 23:27
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ok I found a solution, I changed my provision script to this and it works fine. I have no idea why this fixed my problem...

#!/bin/bash

# bash strict and verbose mode
set -o pipefail -e -u -x

if [ ! -z `which p4` ]; then
  exit 0
fi

# Installs Perforce

echo "deb http://package.perforce.com/apt/ubuntu/ trusty release" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/perforce.list
wget -qO - https://package.perforce.com/perforce.pubkey | apt-key add -
apt-get update
apt-get install -y helix-cli
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The confusing "no such file or directory" is likely actually referring to whatever dynamic linker this (misfit!) binary is attempting to have called.

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