.exe files present

Asked by jacek on 2008-12-23

I have few .exe files present. Can someone tell me if they are part of the system, if yes for for as they will never be executed. what is the purpose of those files. Can they be removed?????

/usr/lib/f-spot/f-spot.exe
/usr/lib/gtk-sharp-2.0/gconfsharp-schemagen.exe
/usr/lib/mono/1.0/gacutil.exe
/usr/lib/mono/gac/mono-service/1.0.5000.0__0738eb9f132ed756/mono-service.exe
/usr/lib/mono/gac/mono-service/2.0.0.0__0738eb9f132ed756/mono-service.exe
/usr/lib/mono/mono-addins/mautil.exe
/usr/lib/python2.5/distutils/command/wininst-6.exe
/usr/lib/python2.5/distutils/command/wininst-7.1.exe
/usr/lib/tomboy/Tomboy.exe
/usr/sbin/ddclient-3.7.3/sample-etc_dhcpc_dhcpcd-eth0.exe
/usr/share/mono/MonoGetAssemblyName.exe

regards,
Jacek

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Steven Danna (ssd7) said : #1

Jacek,

These files should not be removed as they are likely essential to the programs that use them. While .exe extensions are usually used to indicate that a file is a win32 executable, that is not necessarily so--files can be given any extension (or no extension) in Linux. While I cannot be sure about ever file you listed, they are most likely executable files used by programs you have installed on your system.

Jacek, each of those .exe files are Mono executables or applications written using Mono.

From what I understand, Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET technologies. Some common gnome utilities (F-Spot and Tomboy for example) require the mono libraries to run. So you will of course find some .exe files lying around in the filesystem.

These files are safe and to reinforce what Steven Danna said, they should NOT be removed. Removing these files could break bits of your Ubuntu installation.

jacek (jacekb57) said : #3

thanks.