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    How do I make a program execute just by typing the filename, instead of always having to type ./<filename> I think there is a way with chmod but don't know how.

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    You can either,
    1/ Put the executable in your path. (Find out your path by typing "echo $PATH)
    2/ Put a link to the file in your path. If the executable is /home/username/exefile, then do this,
    Code:
    cd /usr/bin
    ln -s /home/username/exefile
    (This assumes /usr/bin is in your path, but it probably is)

    In both of these cases you will be able to execute the file by just typing exefile from any directory. My preference is always to do number 2.

    Oh yeah, both of these options assume the file is actually executable by the user trying to execute it!!
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    chmod has nothing to do with it.You need to put dot ie . in your PATH
    variable so that every time you issue a command the shell will
    also search in your working directory for the executable.Mind you
    this is a security risk if you are root but as an ordinary user it's ok.

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