Bug#424923: nautilus: Vague error message: 'correct extension for "DOS/Windows executable"'

A. Costa agcosta at gis.net
Thu May 17 20:45:59 UTC 2007

Package: nautilus
Version: 2.14.3-11+b1
Severity: normal

For years my Nautilus desktop has had a symlink to 'SpaceMonger.exe', a
handy "treeview" type freeware Windows .EXE.  It was set to open under
'wine' and worked well.

Under recent versions of 'nautilus' that symlink no longer runs,
instead an error message appears:

1    The filename "SpaceMonger.exe" indicates that this file is of type
2    "executable". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type
3    "DOS/Windows executable". If you open this file, the file might present
4    a security risk to your system.

5    Do not open the file unless you created the file yourself, or received
6    the file from a trusted source. To open the file, rename the file to the
7    correct extension for "DOS/Windows executable", then open the file
8    normally. Alternatively, use the Open With menu to choose a specific
9    application for the file. 

The second sentence of the second paragraph, (lines #6 & #7), is
confusing.  It alludes to a "correct" extension for a Windows .exe.
Sounds OK, but what's "correct"?  The error message should say
which extension.

Note that since the file name in question is "SpaceMonger.exe", (which
ends in '.exe'), the file probably already had the correct extension;
perhaps the above error message is being triggered incorrectly. 

Hope this helps...

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages nautilus depends on:
ii  desktop-file-utils         0.12-1        Utilities for .desktop files
ii  gnome-control-center       1:2.14.2-7    utilities to configure the GNOME d
ii  libart-2.0-2               2.3.19-3      Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0                1.18.0-2      The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libbonobo2-0               2.18.0-2      Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libc6                      2.5-7         GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libeel2-2.14               2.14.3-5      Eazel Extensions Library (for GNOM
ii  libesd-alsa0 [libesd0]     0.2.36-3      Enlightened Sound Daemon (ALSA) - 
ii  libexif12                  0.6.13-6      library to parse EXIF files
ii  libgail-common             1.8.11-4      GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgail17                  1.8.11-4      GNOME Accessibility Implementation
ii  libgconf2-4          GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglade2-0                1:2.6.0-4     library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.12.12-1     The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-desktop-2         2.14.3-2      Utility library for loading .deskt
ii  libgnome2-0                2.18.0-4      The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0          2.14.0-2      A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeui-0               2.14.1-3      The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2-0             1:2.18.1-2    GNOME Virtual File System (runtime
ii  libgtk2.0-0                2.8.20-7      The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libnautilus-extension1     2.14.3-11+b1  libraries for nautilus components 
ii  liborbit2                  1:2.14.7-0.1  libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0              1.14.8-5      Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpopt0                   1.10-3        lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  librsvg2-2                 2.14.4-2      SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  libstartup-notification0   0.9-1         library for program launch feedbac
ii  libx11-6                   2:1.0.3-7     X11 client-side library
ii  libxml2                    2.6.28.dfsg-1 GNOME XML library
ii  nautilus-data              2.14.3-11     data files for nautilus
ii  shared-mime-info           0.21-2        FreeDesktop.org shared MIME databa

Versions of packages nautilus recommends:
pn  desktop-base                 <none>      (no description available)
ii  eject                        2.1.5-1     ejects CDs and operates CD-Changer
pn  fam                          <none>      (no description available)
pn  libgnomevfs2-extra           <none>      (no description available)
ii  librsvg2-common              2.14.4-2    SAX-based renderer library for SVG
ii  nautilus-cd-burner           2.14.3-8+b1 CD Burning front-end for Nautilus

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