In general, running your /tmp (or /var/tmp) without the execute bit set is a good idea. And sometimes, you don't have a choice -- for example, when running in a hosting environment running Virtuozzo.
You're liable to see a mount that looks like this:
$ mount | grep noexec /dev/simfs on /tmp type simfs (rw,noexec) /dev/simfs on /var/tmp type simfs (rw,noexec) devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,nosuid,noexec)
However, sometimes that's a problem, for example if you run the fantastic checkinstall tool to package software. You might see an error message like this:
/usr/bin/installwatch: /var/tmp/tmp.SuogJyYftZ/installscript.sh: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Permission denied
The noexec permission has gotten us. How to work around it? Here's a quick, easy to roll back method:
# make a new temporary directory for this use mkdir ~/tmptmp # use mount --bind to overlay this on our 'real' /var/tmp for now $ sudo mount --bind ~/tmptmp /var/tmp # do your work $ sudo checkinstall make install # restore the natural order to the universe $ sudo umount /var/tmp
You could also (potentially) remount /tmp without that option temporarily, but that isn't always possible. (See 'virtuozzo' above.)