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executable - Computer Definition
In computer terminology, anything “executable” is able to be
run on a computer. Normally, when a user types a filename (as opposed to an
internal command built into the command interpreter or shell) as the initial word on the command line, the
command processor searches for a file with that name to run. On Windows
systems, for example, the extensions .EXE and .COM indicate that it contains a
program; .PIF or .LNK indicate that it has information for executing a program;
and the extensions .BAT, .BTM, or .CMD indicate that it is a batch file.
Default extensions for executable files differ somewhat,
depending on the operating system used and the command interpreter utilized;
each operating system has its own rules for executable file extensions. UNIX and Linux
systems, for example, do not use extensions to identify executable files;
instead, an “executable” flag in the file system is used for this purpose.