Re: I need help - is this email a scam?
For me, I would have thought "Hmm, okay, so it appears to be a Zip file but it obviously can't because Ubuntu can't open it". Then I would have used the 'file' command to tell me what it really was.
Originally Posted by squakie
Open a terminal (Control-Alt-T) and type the word "file " but with a space at the end. Then drag the file to the terminal, bring the terminal back to the front again and press Enter.
It would have shown me this:
Straight away you can tell it's not a Zip file. It's an "executable for MS Windows", which in other words is a Windows program.
chris@chris-desktop:~$ file '/home/chris/Desktop/courtnotice.zip'
/home/chris/Desktop/courtnotice.zip: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386 (stripped to external PDB), for MS Windows, UPX compressed
A Zip file would read something like:
/home/chris/Desktop/courtnotice.zip: Zip archive data, at least v2.0 to extract
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.