exe?

backsidetailsli

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k do macs have dmg. but if i have an exe does mac comprehend? how do these work. whats this mount deal?

im not that new, but this has always been a blank to me
 

WildCowboy

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.exe files are Windows executables, so your Mac will understand them if you're running Windows, but OS X can't do anything with them.
 

balamw

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WildCowboy said:
.exe files are Windows executables, so your Mac will understand them if you're running Windows, but OS X can't do anything with them.
Unless you have Darwine or Crossover Office...

The equivalent to a .exe on OS X is an .app which is really a directory that contains the executable and related files.

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ITASOR

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I've always thought of .dmg's like .zips. You have to uncompress it (mount it) before you can use it.
 

balamw

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kondspi said:
A DMG acts as a separate hard disk for reasons beyond my comprehension.
Think of a DMG as an image of a disk, like an ISO. Basically it's just a container for other files, like you could also have in a ZIP file, but unlike a ZIP file DMG is mountable.

It's part of the underlying unix philosophy that makes everything look like either a file or a file system.

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