Visit Our UNIX and Linux User Community


VI command not working


 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Operating Systems AIX VI command not working
# 1  
Old 01-02-2018
VI command not working

Hello all,
I've got a production system that the DBA complained that the vi command was no longer working for the oracle service account for a particular instance. When I logged in as myself, I noticed that it wasn't working for my user either.
When invoked, it just returns to the prompt with an error code of 1. When I run it with sudo it works as expected.
Code:
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$vi test.txt
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$echo $?
1
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$sudo vi test.txt
Password:
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$echo $?
0
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$

There don't appear to be any aliases or other redirects, since when I run
Code:
/usr/bin/vi test.txt

I get the same result.

Is there a way to trace the reason I'm getting an exit code of 1 for the process?
# 2  
Old 01-02-2018
what is the output of
Code:
which vi

# 3  
Old 01-02-2018
Here's the output

Code:
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$which vi
/usr/bin/vi
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$ls -al /usr/bin/vi
-r-xr-xr-x    5 bin      bin          364544 Aug 22 2014  /usr/bin/vi

Thanks!
# 4  
Old 01-02-2018
What is the output of:
Code:
ls -ld .

and of:
Code:
type vi

# 5  
Old 01-02-2018
Code:
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$ls -ld .
drwxr-xr-x    3 prices02 sysadm         4096 Jan 02 10:12 .
patloradb01a:/home/prices02 >$type vi
vi is a tracked alias for /usr/bin/vi

# 6  
Old 01-02-2018
If you issue the command:
Code:
ldd /usr/bin/vi

You will see the libraries that vi uses. It could be that one or more of those libraries are not readable by ordinary users..
This User Gave Thanks to Scrutinizer For This Post:
# 7  
Old 01-02-2018
Also try running strace and check what is going on:-
Code:
strace -o trace.out vi test.txt

This User Gave Thanks to Yoda For This Post:

Previous Thread | Next Thread

10 More Discussions You Might Find Interesting

1. Shell Programming and Scripting

Execute ssh command with additional terminal command to any remote user not working script

Hello i am having an issue with bash script and this is the code now=$(cat hosts1.txt | awk '{print $2;}') while read n ;do ssh root@$now 'useradd test1; echo -e "test1\ntest1" | passwd test1 && echo "test1 ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL" >> /etc/sudoers' When i execute only part with cat, it... (8 Replies)
Discussion started by: tomislav91
8 Replies

2. UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers

Shell script not working but command works in command prompt

Hi everyone I have a problem with my script If I try directly this command /usr/bin/nice -n 19 mysqldump -u root --password="******" wiki_schneider -c | nice -n 19 gzip -9 > /point_de_montage/$(date '+%Y%m%d')-wiki-db.sql.gz It works But if I simply add this command in a script and... (8 Replies)
Discussion started by: picemma
8 Replies

3. Shell Programming and Scripting

Maxdepth command not working in AIX.Need alternative solution for this command

Hi All, I am trying to select 30 days older files under current directory ,but not from subdirectory using below command. find <Dir> -type f -mtime + 30 This command selecting all the files from current directory and also from sub directory . I read some documention through internet ,... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: kommineni
1 Replies

4. Shell Programming and Scripting

Working of command

What does the command do lpr -Pqpr *.jpg do ? (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: Nabeel Nazir
1 Replies

5. Shell Programming and Scripting

help with shell script: cp command not working, but mv command works...

Hello. I would like to ask your help regarding the cp command. We are using a cp command to create a back-up copy of our file but to no avail. It's just not working. We already checked the file and directory permissions and all seems correct. We have a script (ftp.script) which calls on... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: udelalv
1 Replies

6. Shell Programming and Scripting

Need help! command working ok when executed in command line, but fails when run inside a script!

Hi everyone, when executing this command in unix: echo "WM7 Fatal Alerts:", $(cat query1.txt) > a.csvIt works fine, but running this command in a shell script gives an error saying that there's a syntax error. here is content of my script: tdbsrvr$ vi hc.sh "hc.sh" 22 lines, 509... (4 Replies)
Discussion started by: 4dirk1
4 Replies

7. UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users

command for recently modified files - "find" command not working

I have three files a.txt , b.txt , c.txt in a directory called my_dir1 .These files were created before two or three months . I have a tar file called my_tar1.tar which contains three files a.txt , b.txt , d.txt . Somebody untarred the my_tar1.tar into my_dir1 directory. So existing two files were... (1 Reply)
Discussion started by: joe.mani
1 Replies

8. Shell Programming and Scripting

cp command not working

Hi Guys, I have about 12000 files in a folder and I want to copy these to another folder. I am using the cp command to do this but it errors out saying cp -- argument list too long. Is there any way to get around this? I don't want to do a mv but use only cp. Thanks (9 Replies)
Discussion started by: npatwardhan
9 Replies

9. Solaris

ls command not working

Hi, I have installed opensolaris 10 in VMware. Everything is fine except ls command is not working. It is not displaying any files and directories. Sorry if the question is soo trivial. (8 Replies)
Discussion started by: mayahari
8 Replies

10. Solaris

last command not working

I have a Solaris 8 Ultra 1 on my network that we use as a utility server. The last command, which looks in the /var/adm/wtmpx file, is not working. When I do a last, the latest entry is dated June 3, but the /var/adm/wtmpx file is dated whenever a login is successful (verified by typing a... (3 Replies)
Discussion started by: antalexi
3 Replies

Featured Tech Videos