ls: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory solution

ls: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

This is not an ldd problem or case of anything missing, this only happened after I upraded Ubuntu.

declare -x PATH="/home/user/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/games"

"/home/user/bin" is the problem!  It's weird because I have no idea how it happened.

Other users don't have this problem and when typing "export" you see their PATH is set differently:

declare -x PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/games"

fix it like this: export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/games"

*The proper solution

Check your "~/.profile" file, you'll notice that it has a weird feature to look for a bin directory in your home path.

# ~/.profile: executed by the command interpreter for login shells.
# This file is not read by bash(1), if ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bash_login
# exists.
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files for examples.
# the files are located in the bash-doc package.

# the default umask is set in /etc/profile; for setting the umask
# for ssh logins, install and configure the libpam-umask package.
#umask 022

# if running bash
if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then
    # include .bashrc if it exists
    if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then
        . "$HOME/.bashrc"

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then

It turns out I do have a ~/bin path, I just moved bin to bin-disable and logged in again and the problem was solved.

This is kind of a weird and annoying quirky feature, if it can't find the libraries in the first path why doesn't it check the other paths (which it obviously doesn't since that's why we get thsoe .so mising errors)?


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