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




On 2018-10-31, Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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
> [http://www.catb.org/esr/faqs/smart-questions.html]
>

I guess I stumbled immediately upon "non-reproducible sequence of
events." Then I kind of wondered, like, well, can those events be
briefly described, at least? Or maybe 'non-reproducible' means you just
don't know what the hell happened? 

But Reco extracted marrow from your post, and I will gracefully bow
out now and let you boys have at it without further ado.

>> 
>>> 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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