Why are not taken to adopt an extension EXE

Asked by ســند on 2012-12-06

Why are not taken to adopt an extension EXE on Linux, especially that there are a lot of open source software works this extension

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2012-12-06
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2012-12-07

The file extension in Linux doesn't mean very much. Why is the extension important when it is not used in the running of 99% of the OS?

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

Simple answer:

Why should we?

".exe" is an MSDOS/Windows thing I cant think of any other OS that uses it. I'm sure someone here will probably point out my ignorance by naming one though. The extension is not relevant to the OS so it is not needed. Unix an Linux do not have a file name and extension concept it's just a file name it may but does not need to contain one of these ".".

The original DOS had an up to 8 character file name and up to 8 character extension. Unix never had that limitation so Linux (which is based on Unix) does not have it today.

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