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

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:14:40 AM Richard Owlett 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. 

Just to (maybe?) help with the proper focus, was this a human error or 
something that seemed to happen without human intervention?

> For unknown
> reason, the resulting file was tagged as executable.
> 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?