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


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
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?


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.



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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