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Old 10-09-2005, 06:50 PM   #1
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Executables


What is the extension for a linux executable file. (.exe in windows)
 
Old 10-09-2005, 07:05 PM   #2
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there's no direct equivalent to ".exe" files on linux... whether a file is executable or not in linux depends exclusively on the permissions the file has set onto it, not the extension... having said that, since you're asking about ".exe" (which is comminly used to install and run software) the standard linux software package format is RPM, the extension being ".rpm"... there's also things like shell scripts, which usually use the extension ".sh", and perl scripts, which usually use ".pl", etc... those are all typical executables... after you install a package with RPM then it's a matter of executing the program - no matter what extension the program has, if it's executable, you can execute it by using a dot and a slash (for example), like so:
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./program.example
BTW, an .rpm file doesn't need to be executable AFAIK...


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Old 10-09-2005, 07:13 PM   #3
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Cool, I had that much down but I just recently switched to the gnome environment and I decided to run a .bin file by double clicking it and it told me to rename it with the proper extension, but I managed to get it running after the following steps.

$ chmod a+rxw /home/marcus/Desktop/Marcus's Stuff/Software/real.bin
$ cd /home/marcus/Desktop/Marcus's Stuff/Software
$ ./real.bin
 
Old 10-09-2005, 07:15 PM   #4
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OIC... well, that was a gnome thing, not a linux thing...
 
Old 10-09-2005, 07:59 PM   #5
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Extensions have absolutely no meaning in Unix. Sometimes certain GUI desktop environments like GNOME and KDE allow you to "open" files by double-clicking on them by associating the extension with some program or action, but that is not a standard Unix thing and doesn't always work.
 
  


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