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edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:25 PM
I have several files that show up as grey squares with a green 'exec' in the upper left hand corner. When I get Info on these files they are indicated to be Microsoft Word files. When I open them in MS Word, they display pages of gibberish random symbols. Is there some application that can open these files easily? I have tried Word, Web browsers, Graphic applications, etc. Thanks for the help

Ed Colman



r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:26 PM
Those are probably windows programs, depending on where you got them, they might even be virii. They cannot run on OS X.

WPB2
Jul 9, 2008, 05:28 PM
Yep executable file is used for installing windows based programs. Its the same a .dmg for mac.

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:28 PM
They are not Windows files. I created them a few years ago on my Mac probably running system 9. They are definitely documents. Not .exe, but lime green exec in a dark grey square. I have been told they are unix executable files. How do I open them?

r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:29 PM
Its the same a .dmg for mac.

Not quite. A windows exe is normally equal to a .app on OS X.

Blue Velvet
Jul 9, 2008, 05:30 PM
Not necessarily. They're not .exes, but rather files that appear as Unix executables, which I've seen happen to cross-platform font transfers, for instance.

r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:31 PM
Are they compressed? Try uncompressing them using The Unarchiver or maybe archive utility.

Not necessarily. They're not .exes, but rather files that appear as Unix executables, which I've seen happen to cross-platform font transfers, for instance.

That's why I tried to use normally and not be definite about it.

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:35 PM
Not compressed. I tried using Better Zip and a couple of other uncompressors. Nothing even recognizes them.

r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:36 PM
You said you made them, what program did you make them with?

Blue Velvet
Jul 9, 2008, 05:38 PM
They could be fonts... the thing is, why do you want to open them? If you know what they were for, do you not know what kind of files they are or what projects they are related to? Give us some clues. :D

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:39 PM
I think I would have used Claris Works back then, but Apple works can't even see them. It is pretty wierd. As I said, they show up as MS Word docs, but don't have a .doc suffix. There are a few of them in the same folder. There are also normal files in the folder too.

r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:41 PM
Can you change the suffix to .txt and see what happens, if they are documents, you might be able to get the content of them from that.

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:42 PM
.. why do you want to open them? If you know what they were for, do you not know what kind of files they are or what projects they are related to? :D

They would have been some kind of word processor, either Claris Works or Word. They are treatments and synopses of a screenplay I wrote using Final Draft. The script is fine, it is in the same folder, but the rest of the docs have morphed into grey squares. I have tried many apps to open them, but either they can't recognize the files, won't open them or display wacky gibberish symbols.

Blue Velvet
Jul 9, 2008, 05:47 PM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=288512
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6378290

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 05:48 PM
Can you change the suffix to .txt and see what happens.

I changed them to .doc and the icons changed into Word icons, so far so good. Thanks for the suggestion. I tried .txt but when I try to open them, same gibberish in either program. I tried every encoding and get the same results. sigh..

r.j.s
Jul 9, 2008, 05:49 PM
Google was not being my friend today, I was looking for similar things, but couldn't come up with anything relevant.

Rocketman
Jul 9, 2008, 05:53 PM
I have a lot of older files. I have to keep an old OS8 and 9 computer handy to read them. A small price to pay for seamless access. Apple surely is not delivering it.

Rocketman

disconap
Jul 9, 2008, 06:52 PM
Not necessarily. They're not .exes, but rather files that appear as Unix executables, which I've seen happen to cross-platform font transfers, for instance.

Either way they're not disc images. They're more like the OS9 installers or the OSX .pkg installers...

grapes911
Jul 9, 2008, 06:58 PM
FilExt (a great site) says they are "Unknown Apple II File (found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom)". I'm not sure that helps any though.

http://filext.com/file-extension/exec

robcj
Jul 9, 2008, 07:29 PM
These are not .EXEC or .EXE files. They are files that Mac OS X is incorrectly identifying as executable UNIX files - as in binaries that will run from a terminal. The standard Mac OS X icon for executable UNIX files resembles a terminal window with the word "exec", which causes people to confuse the files with Windows executables, which use the file extension .EXE.

If you have access to AppleWorks 6, either on a Mac OS X or Mac OS 9 system, I'd recommend trying to open them in that application. If not, you may need to find someone who does.

edcollalo52
Jul 9, 2008, 11:49 PM
If you have access to AppleWorks 6, either on a Mac OS X or Mac OS 9 system, I'd recommend trying to open them in that application. If not, you may need to find someone who does.

I tried Apple Works 6 as well. It can't even see them. As I have been doing this, I am afraid they may have been created in an old program that no longer exists. Looks like a re-write. Thanks for all your help.

Ed

carlo.inzunza
Sep 5, 2009, 10:01 AM
The same thing happened to me and I tried using the sufix . doc and it didn't open either (and indeed it was created as a word document) and then I tried usign the sufix .pdf (Adobe Acrobat Reader) and IT OPENED IT!!!!! but it wasn't editable anymore. but I can always copy and paste ;)

Debocoffin
Sep 29, 2009, 02:56 AM
I had the same problem with old word files that I transferred from an earlier Mac OS. If you have a Google account, go into google documents and upload the files. They'll open up and can be saved or printed or copied from there with the original formatting. It's magical.
I tried opening them with text edit as well, which is the next best thing. There will be some strange gibberish mixed in with the text edit version though.

sammich
Sep 29, 2009, 02:58 AM
Maybe?

http://filext.com/file-extension/EXEC

trevor-davies
Nov 22, 2009, 08:41 AM
Your files probably do not have an application extension. Type the extension of the application you want to use. This is how I open my old logic files.
For appleworks use .cwk.:o

splitpea
Nov 22, 2009, 08:50 AM
BTW, if they're displaying as executables instead of just unknown type files, and you know they're documents, they have the execute permission wrongly set.

frannyc28
Aug 1, 2010, 01:25 PM
For EFF sakes... I sometimes ask to my self if the people typing answers just reply because they have nothing else to do with their lifes...

WHATEVER FILE YOU HAVE CREATED UNDER A WINDOWS INVIROMENT OR UNDER OS 8 AND "SOMETIMES" UNDER OS 9, SYSTEM X will not recognize it and will mark it as WINDOWS. That doesn't mean the file is an EXEC of WIN. You only need to REOPEN THE FILE on the software you have created it. For example if you are SURE that you created a WORD FILE go and drag the file into MAC WORD and it will open. Re-save it and DONE DEAL!

Please remember (or be aware if you are NEW MAC USERS) that back in time MAC SYSTEM didn't need the EXTENSION (as in windows or as in the new systems) to recognize what kind of file and what software to use to open it.

This problem turned bigger with the amazing introduction of INTEL CRAP into the macs!

Just try to open the file with the same software (of course it will be a new version of it) or if you do not see the extension add it manually. (Ex. If it's a pict. add .jpg after the name)....

splitpea
Aug 1, 2010, 01:52 PM
1) You do realize this thread is about 9 months old?

2) Did you even *read* the responses in the thread?

3) There's no need to be rude about it.

gauchogolfer
Aug 1, 2010, 01:55 PM
For EFF sakes... I sometimes ask to my self if the people typing answers just reply because they have nothing else to do with their lifes...


For EFF sakes...this thread is really old :)

phatqao
Aug 1, 2010, 05:03 PM
They are not Windows files. I created them a few years ago on my Mac probably running system 9. They are definitely documents. Not .exe, but lime green exec in a dark grey square. I have been told they are unix executable files. How do I open them?

at the terminal, type cat <filepath>


to look at what the file has in it, and then type the filepath to run it (if you dare!)

GGJstudios
Aug 1, 2010, 05:09 PM
..., and then type the filepath to run it (if you dare!)

Read the age of the thread (if you dare!) The OP hasn't been on this site for 2 years, so they're not going to see anything you post. :rolleyes:

monahowell
Mar 3, 2011, 12:55 PM
If the EXEC file is on a back-up CD or other media, drag it onto your hard drive. If it's on your hard drive already, option-drag to make a copy. Now add the proper suffix to the file if you know it. I often lose Quark documents to the EXEC realm after they've been stored for a long time, so in my case I add .qxp to the end of the name. (Notice how EXEC docs never have the suffix on them? But other files just as old WITH suffixes such as .pdf seem to survive?)

Now, once you've added the suffix to your file and told your Mac that you are sure you wanted to do this, you will probably be able to open them just fine.

If you guess the suffix wrong, I think you can just try again, till you get it right.

I hope this helps everyone.

OH and by the way, if you have folders that you KNOW darn well have files in them, but your Mac says they're empty -- same situation. Drag it onto your hard drive first -- then you'll see it suddenly start copying all those files you were missing. You'll have to do the same for any sub-folders that appear to be "empty" too. Since they're already on your hard drive, just option drag to make a copy first and open the copy to view all your files.