9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2011 11:13 AM by pinarello22
pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
I am currently using Snow Leopard v.10.6.7. I am trying to download a word document file(created by Macintosh word 2004) from sent box of Outlook Web Access. The problem is that when I download the file, it appears as unix executable file and it cannot be opened. I have read in past posts that if the file does not have extension, it may become a unix executable file. I need to know the problem underneath and I would like to know if there is a script or changes in preference to solve the problem(such as when downloading files without extensions, choose always download as unix executable file or not). I would really appreciate if you could share your experience and intelligence. Also when I tried to download the file later, the format changed to documents, but still could not be opened. If you have insight this problem as well, I would appreciate if you could let me know. Thanks in advance.

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Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,164 points)
    If you add the extension you should be able to open it, if you have an appropriate program.
  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,848 points)
    Add '.doc' (without the quotes) to the end of the file name. I don't know of any general way to prevent this from happening. When that file was created, it had an old-style type and creator code which has either been stripped or is no longer recognized, I don't know which. If you have many such files, you can use Automator or a third-party tool to rename them as a batch.
  • pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks. I will try. Do you know why snowleopard tries to download the file as unix executable file and do you know a way to aviod this flow?

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  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,164 points)
    It isn't exactly downloading it as a Unix executable file: it doesn't recognise the file type and so it's guessing and displaying its guess. You get the same things with AppleWorks files if the .cwk is missing - it can't associate the file with AppleWorks. Add the .cwk and immediately the file can be opened.
  • pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your valuable comment. According to the guessing logic of Mac OS, does it make sense for the OS that first few initial attempt to download the file resulted in unix executable file format and later attempts in documents format(or other format) because that the downloaded file was was unrecognizable?

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  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,992 points)
    It's not a guess, the file is missing its extension so OSX does not know what it is, the choice of Unix Executable was coded in there somewhere and certainly serves notice that the File Has No Extension.
  • pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
    Understood. So if the file is missing extension, the OS will always recognize as Unix Executable File, is my understanding correct?
  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,992 points)
    Sadly not always, I have seen files just identified as 'document' but that's not the point, if you get a file with a missing extension just put the extension back (.doc for word .xls for excel etc) and it will work (assuming nothing else is wrong with the file and that you have the application needed)
  • pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
    So basically there is a certain randomness in the system to whether to identify as unix executable file or document file, but it can be fixed by putting the right extension. If it still doesn't work, the file itself has a problem. Is this correct?
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)
    I don't see it being random - if the file has execute permission, and it's not a folder/directory, and it has no file extension, then it shows as a unix executable.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963
  • pinarello22 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks very much for your time and clear answers.