You would get that error for an empty file or a file that has more than one blank line at the start. If you are running the script on *nix, but create the file under Windows then you may have a line end issue.
If you can't figure out the problem then you need to generate a script we can test. See I know what I mean. Why don't you? for hints on putting a sample script together that doesn't require separately provided external test files.
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