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The error message "command not found" is returned when you run the wget command on a Linux instance

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Problem description

An ECS instance running Linux instance in wget command prompt "command not found ", use yuminstall command to download wget command prompt" already installed and latest version "


Check /usr/bin directory for wget commands that do not exist. However, wge commands do not exist. An error is reported because the commands have been renamed.


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Perform the following steps.

  1. Execute the following command to query the path of the wge command.
    whereis wge
    The system returns the following information.
  2. Run the following command to rename the file based on the path:
    cp /usr/bin/wge /usr/bin/wget

Application scope

  • ECS
  • Simple Application Server