Newbie in trouble


#1

Totally new to restic. Running Linux Mint 19. I can’t seem to get restic to launch.

Here’s what’s on my drive:

tomc@ANB:~/programs/restic-backup$ ls -l -h
total 14M
drwxrwxr-x 12 tomc tomc 4.0K Jan 19 16:16 restic
-rwxrwxr-x  1 tomc tomc  14M Jan  6 17:28 restic_0.9.4_linux_amd64

I’m thinking this should be launchable, but…

tomc@ANB:~/programs/restic-backup$ restic
Command 'restic' not found, but can be installed with:
sudo apt install restic
tomc@ANB:~/programs/restic-backup$ restic_0.9.4_linux_amd64
restic_0.9.4_linux_amd64: command not found

Now that I’m revealed just how ignorant I am, I’m open to any help offered! I really want to use restic, and I could use the version in the packages for my OS, but I’d rather use 0.9.4


#2

When running an executable from the current directory, you need to prefix it with ./ e.g. ./restic_0.9.4_linux_amd64. Ideally rename it to restic first. Do try not to have two different binaries on the system as you may eventually end up with different versions that act differently.


#3

Moving the executable to /usr/local/bin should make it globally available and doesn’t require prefixing ./ to it.

PS: Note that /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin aren’t included in most crontabs.


#4

My great thanks to you both for your helpful responses. My error derives from my inexperience, as the solution here is simple and (now) obvious.

I’m in business. Thanks again!

Tom