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Re: Strangeness when binary executable overwritten by text -- bug or feature?

On 2018-10-31, Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Debian 9.1 with MATE installed from DVD set.
> Due a non-reproducible sequence of events, a binary executable was over 
> written by the contents of a man page in pure text format. For unknown 
> reason, the resulting file was tagged as executable.

I want to predict immediately that this can of worms will produce the
longest thread in the history of debian user.

> A custom MATE launcher pointed the corrupted file.
> When the launcher icon was clicked there was no response whatsoever.
> Including *NO ERROR MESSAGE*
> Is this a bug or a feature?
> If a feature, why?

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