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Fun fact: Windows doesn't actually use just the extension to determine executability, it uses a permission on ACL

@calvin i wonder if you can start a program without .exe directly from cmd or explorer? (i have a bunch)

@katex @calvin I can't get it to do it - using Explorer or start filename I get the unassociated file dialog, using the filename alone the shell cannot recognize the command.


@katex @bhtooefr might also be doable with APIs; though I'm unsure if you'd have to invoke from the Win32 level, POSIX/Linux level, or the NT native level

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@calvin @bhtooefr yup cygwin will launch programs without extensions no issue, and i think it uses Win32 process APIs
i've been thinking of modifying cygwin so it doesn't use .exe extensions, because i don't like them