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IT IS A BUG -- Re: Strangeness when binary executable overwritten by text -- bug or feature?

On 10/31/2018 09:14 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. 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.
Is this a bug or a feature?
If a feature, why?

Turns out there was a *YUCKY* choice for a default setting.
In the default profile for mate-terminal there is a choice titled
   "Run command as a login shell".
The option is *not* enabled.

That makes the choice "given"(sic) by Caja of
   "Run in terminal"

I consider this a Debian, not Upstream, bug as each distro should be responsible for choosing their defaults.

Please contact me offline if you are willing to help a first time bug reporter.