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

On 10/31/2018 09:18 AM, Curt wrote:
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.

ONLY if members of this group can't or wont read.
I believe I rigorously complied with

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