running .exe programs in OSX: how am i doing this?!?!?!

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  1. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a

    biohazard6969

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    ok, just downloaded the stuff for "folding@home" and its runnign, and i opened activity monitor and the thing taking up all my cpu is somethign called "FahCore_78.exe" i assume it has something to do with the folding, but still wat the hell, how am i running something that is .exe? isn't that windows only?
     
  2. kg9ov macrumors member

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    Yes, that is a process for Folding@Home. The executable name does not matter on a Unix-like system. The only thing that really matters is that a) it is some type of program b) the current user has execute permissions to that program.

    -Tony
     
  3. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    UNIX has .exe files too. It's not exclusive to Windows.
     
  4. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    .exe is a Windows file format. It is the file format for programs. They must have ported the Mac version from Windows and neglected to rename it.

    There is a little program called "file" you can use to find out what type a file really is, regardless of it's name. In the terminal type, e.g.

    file FahCore_78.exe
     

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