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Re: Inconsistence on file operation when the name already exists with exe extension
Greetings, Aaron Schneider!
>>> Probably compiling binaries under cygwin without the exe extension, like
>>> unix, is not an alternative, or is it? Cygwin may detect if it is
>>> executable checking if it's PE format; if it is perl script. Just check
>>> if file is present in path or run. /file
>> False. It is wholly possible, you just have to pass the correct flags
>> to the linker process. Current windows versions since at least XP and
>> maybe before would run files that did not contain a .exe extension.
> I don't see how you can run a PE executable from windows shell (cmd.exe)
You're comparing apples to oranges.
You've been told already that Cygwin doesn't try to emulate windows shells or
anything of that kind.
> directly without the exe extension. I've just tried it in several ways
> and always prompts me the "Open with..." dialog instead of directly
> running it because treats it as data.
> When you say that Windows XP and above can run an executable without
> extension, you are talking about running it from windows shell.
No, he's talking about CreateProcess[Ex]() function call.
It's possible to execute binary with arbitrary name, since at least Win NT 4.x
if memory serves me well.
> But I was referring in the end to the cygwin terminal
> (C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -) that I believe can run exe without
> extension even in older versions of windows, because it's bash that
> launches it as you said before.
You're confusing shell with terminal... don't you?
mintty.exe -h -e C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe /K
You'll be surprised.
> That's being said because I expect users to run commands from the cygwin
> terminal. The exe extension is needed if you want to run the linux
> commands directly from the windows shell directly (c:\cygwin\bin\ and
> other bash PATHs should be exported to the windows PATH to run them
> directly from windows shell, but you will mix things up)
I do like to mix things. Alot. Life is just not the same without that.
Andrey Repin (email@example.com) 11.07.2012, <04:32>
Sorry for my terrible english...
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