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    Differences between .exe and .bin


    Hi, I would like to ask a technical question, so newbies like me can
    start understanding better: What is the difference between .exe and
    .bin files?
    Could someone give a brief explanation?
    Which one is better (if there is a better one)?

    Thanks mates!

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    .EXE files are a strictly MS-DOS and MS Windows idea. In Linux and UNIX/BSD any file can be executable, regardless of extension (or lack of extension). BIN files are just executable scripts with a BIN after their name. The important thing in a Linux/UNIX/BSD system is that the file have the executable permission turned on (chmod +x filename). I'm not sure that answers your question, but there you go.
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    Under GNU/Linux file extensions aren't needed, but they are used for a convenience. But neither .exe nor .bin are regularly used. The .exe extension is used to indicate Windows executables, which Linux can often execute using the Wine application.

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