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Old 12-15-2006, 02:01 PM   #1
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Question Using .exe files in Mandriva Linux 2006?


Is it possible to download and install .exe files in Mandriva Linux 2006? There are a lot of programs that I would like to use but they don't seem to work in my version of Linux.
 
Old 12-15-2006, 02:04 PM   #2
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.exe is a MS DOS/Windows binary file extension. Such would not work within Linux without some sort of emulation like Wine.
 
Old 12-15-2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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..wine, or VMware + Windows for example. But yes, .exe files are usually (but you could save a regular text file as textfile.exe in Linux if you liked, it would still be a text file) MS-DOS or MS Windows executables, as are .BAT files (batch files, which need to be altered a bit to make them shell scripts under Linux). You said you're using Mandriva 2007, so if you want to add programs, you'll either need to use Mandriva's package manager (if it has one) or hunt for binary packages that have the suffix .rpm and that are meant for Mandriva 2007 (there are .rpm files for Fedora Cores, RedHats etc. that might not work well with your Mandriva, so be careful). It's easier to use a package manager than just download & install rpm files.
 
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With many modern distros, wine is installed by default. Your package manager will tell you or you can just type "wine" in a terminal.

IF your app works with wine (not all will), you would run it by typing "wine <filename>"

Tell us the specific apps in question--or go to the wine website to see if they have it (them) listed.
 
Old 12-15-2006, 03:35 PM   #5
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Right. You COULD name your text files, shell scripts or even your binaries with .exe in Linux but if you do you should be smacked around a bit for trying to confuse other users.
 
  


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