I am trying to execute a terminal command by just double clicking a .command file. But I am getting this error.

The file “myfile.command” could not be executed because you do not have appropriate access privileges. To view or change access privileges, select the file in the Finder and choose File > Get Info.

I have looked at this answer but it doesn't work: Full privileges on .command file, but it says I don't have appropriate privileges

I tried all of these:

sudo chmod u+x /path/to/myfile.command
chmod u+x /path/to/myfile.command
chmod u+x docker start sql_server_demo
sudo chmod a+x /path/to/myfile.command
chmod a+x /path/to/myfile.command
chmod a+x docker start sql_server_demo

In myfile.command I would have this:

docker start sql_server_demo

Nothing seems to be working. And when I go to Users and Groups then my current user does have Admin rights. So I really don't understand why I am getting this error. Does the myfile.command's location matter?

ls -la: -rw-r--r--@ 1 (myname) staff 68 Aug 16 11:20 myfile.command

file: myfile.command: ASCII text, with no line terminators

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    Hi Paul, welcome to Ask Different. Can you add the output of these commands to your question: ls -la /path/to/my_file.command and file /path/to/my_file.command ?
    – jaume
    Aug 16, 2019 at 14:01
  • @jaume I added both of those, does that help? Aug 19, 2019 at 5:04
  • It looks like command chmod u+x /path/to/myfile.command didn't properly set the executable bit, the permission bits should read -rwxr--r--@, the x is missing. I can't say why you couldn't set the correct mode, you may want to share the directory where the file is located, that could help find an explanation. As a workaround, could you add the line #!/bin/bash to the top of the file, test if double-clicking the file works and report back?
    – jaume
    Aug 19, 2019 at 7:12
  • @jaume I don't really know what happened but since today everything is working fine. I can double click a file and it works. I have no idea what changed though (I was about to test your last comment) Aug 20, 2019 at 7:03
  • Hi Paul, great it's working. Could it be that the file is now executable (rwx-r--r--)?
    – jaume
    Aug 20, 2019 at 8:21


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