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

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by biohazard6969, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    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

    Feb 12, 2005
    In front of a computer...
    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.

  3. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    UNIX has .exe files too. It's not exclusive to Windows.
  4. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Secret Moon base
    .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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