What is a Unix Executable file and can it be opened?

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  1. jbmwoodward macrumors newbie

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    I was sent a .mcd file for Vectorworks by a colleague and the file has come up as an exec file. What is this, is it corrupt and can it be revived?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have Vectorworks installed on your Mac?
     
  3. jbmwoodward thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have Vectorworks 12.5 installed. I have seen this type of file for other programs before too, esp. backups and alike.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    OSX will generally show the file as a Unix exec when no program is associated with the file extension. It's not a sign of corruption in the file.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Locate the file in Finder, right-click on it, Get Info
    Check what app is listed under Open with:

    If it's not Vectorworks, then select Vectorworks and then click "Change All"
     
  6. jbmwoodward thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tried that but the Vectorworks icon is greyed out and it doesn't allow me to open it. It will only open in text edit which comes up as code I don't understand.
    I have attached an image of the 'get info' window.
     

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  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Did you try to use the Open With drop box to pick something?
     

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