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




On 10/31/2018 10:31 AM, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
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?

As I replied to Reco, "Cannot reproduce detailed PEBKAC ;< "



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?