.exe magic reloaded 2

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Wed Sep 15 17:28:00 GMT 2010

On 9/15/2010 12:23 PM, Al wrote:
>> For instance, this one:  Either we always remove the .exe suffix from
>> a file, or we have to check for each file with a .exe suffix, whether
>> it's executable or not.
> Probably without checking it. No sane program would use the .exe
> suffix as extension of a mere textfile.
> What would be the ideal approach, without thinking of backward issues?
> How about this?
> 1.) When a file is made executable .exe is appended, but only visible
> from Windows API.
> 2.) When the last execution bit is removed the .exe suffix is also removed.
> 3.) Using the .exe suffix from the Cygwin API always gives an error.
> 4.) Hence: You never see this suffix on the Cygwin API.

How would this work with non-Cygwin programs?  They wouldn't be handled under

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A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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