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January 27th, 2009, 03:20 AM
hello, I am absoultely new to linux world. I installed ubuntu in dual boot mode and it works perfect. I want to run a program which show application/x-executable as extension. In windows machine identical win program is A.exe; for linux it is 'A' with no extension. How do i run this program in Linux.
The program is a code for physics calculation and is not Source Code file. Like in fortran we compile the program and get a run file. I guess it is same run file.

January 27th, 2009, 03:30 AM
cd into the directory where the executable is and type

this should run the program. If that for some reason doesn't work try

sh name_of_file
if that still doesn't work, I think we need more info, so give us the output of

head -5 name_of_file

Good Luck

January 27th, 2009, 03:31 AM
file is a useful utility to find what sort of file something is.

January 27th, 2009, 04:44 AM
thanks Randy. ./ worked; on the same issue 'would you recommend me a good PDF book for linux which will cover basics.
thanks a lot.

January 27th, 2009, 04:58 AM
Just to explain what was happening, as a security measure Linux makes you type the path and the filename of any program you want to execute (unless its on the system path). The ./ simply referrs to the current working directory.

For some more good info, check out The Linux Documentation Project (http://tldp.org/) and Psychocats (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index.php).