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Old 04-18-2005, 06:05 AM   #1
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Linux File Extensions


New to Linux, I am used to .exe .rar .cab, etc etc

Does Linux use the same file extensions that I am used to seeing under the M$ environment? So far I am seeing file extensions that make no sense to me at all! Is there a guide or list somewhere that I can refer to that will help me get a handle on this? Thanks for the help = }
 
Old 04-18-2005, 06:09 AM   #2
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Nope, file extensions mean jack in linux. The nature of the OS is that you will manually do whatever you want to do with a file so it won't need to know anyhting about the contents. In a GUI environment, desktop environments like Gnome and KDE generally use MIME information to determine the file contents.
 
Old 04-18-2005, 06:39 AM   #3
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For those files which do use an extension, perhaps this discussion from the LQ Wiki will help.
 
Old 04-18-2005, 09:15 AM   #4
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Re: Linux File Extensions

Quote:
Originally posted by kompact
New to Linux, I am used to .exe .rar .cab, etc etc

Does Linux use the same file extensions that I am used to seeing under the M$ environment? So far I am seeing file extensions that make no sense to me at all! Is there a guide or list somewhere that I can refer to that will help me get a handle on this? Thanks for the help = }
There are many extensions that are common to UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems such as .tgz .tar .bz2 and .gz

There are MANY more than that. A good way to find out what type a file is is just that, file.

Ex:

Code:
file rsyncd.conf
Quote:
rsyncd.conf: ASCII English text
or

Code:
file ut2004-lnxpatch3355.tar.bz2
Quote:
ut2004-lnxpatch3355.tar.bz2: bzip2 compressed data, block size = 900k
 
  


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