Bug#796946: mate-desktop-environment: MATE knows not how to run a binary file

Richard Jasmin frazzledjazz at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 01:25:49 UTC 2015

Package: mate-desktop-environment
Version: 1.8.0+9
Severity: normal
Tags: upstream

If you make a shell script or text file executable you get a dialog asking if
you want to run or open the file.

But what I dont get is what happens on ELF binaries.MATE just simply wants to
"open with" nothing at all or ask me what to "open with". Im no UI expert here
but cant we just shell exec with "exec <filename>" like "start <filename>"
works on windows?

Why should I have to open a shell to run some Linux native binary app? This
makes no sense to me.

Go browse under /usr/bin in the UI and try this one. :-)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.1
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages mate-desktop-environment depends on:
ii  mate-desktop-environment-core  1.8.0+9

Versions of packages mate-desktop-environment recommends:
ii  atril                     1.8.1+dfsg1-4
ii  desktop-base              8.0.2
ii  engrampa                  1.8.1+dfsg1-1
ii  eom                       1.8.0+dfsg1-4+b2
ii  ffmpegthumbnailer         2.0.8-dmo7
ii  galculator                2.1.3-1
ii  mate-applets              1.8.1+dfsg1-3
ii  mate-icon-theme-faenza    1.8.0+dfsg1-1
ii  mate-media                1.8.0+dfsg1-3
ii  mate-notification-daemon  1.8.1-3
ii  mate-power-manager        1.8.1+dfsg1-5
ii  mate-screensaver          1.8.1-2
ii  mate-system-monitor       1.8.0+dfsg1-2
ii  mate-themes               1.9.2-1
ii  mate-utils                1.8.1+dfsg1-2+deb8u1
ii  pluma                     1.8.1+dfsg1-2

Versions of packages mate-desktop-environment suggests:
ii  bsd-mailx [mail-reader]  8.1.2-0.20141216cvs-2
ii  iceweasel                38.2.0esr-1~deb8u1
ii  kmail [mail-reader]      4:4.14.1-1
ii  mutt [mail-reader]       1.5.23-3
ii  network-manager-gnome
ii  sylpheed [mail-reader]   3.5.0~beta1~r3426-1

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