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From: Dave Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-01-12 19:40:16

> There may have been some changes in behavior between versions. IIRC,
> one thing that gets changed if you install IE (and probably some
> other MS software) is that entering a filename at the command line
> fires off the program associated with that filename. So if you enter
> "foo.html", your default browser gets invoked on the file foo.html.
> This works within programs, too, and I use it inside a VC++ addin I
> wrote to invoke the browser on URL's in comment lines. So the
> definition of executable file blurs even further.

I'm pretty sure that's a red herring. This UI behavior works on my linux
system, too (at least for double-clicking files - and my mac for that
matter). There's no question about what's executable from the system's
perspective, and it doesn't have anything to do with UI. What it means is
actually of little interest to us. The important thing is that it is a
property of files that the system recognizes and can use.

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