Nautilus file .exe file associations

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Jan 9 03:29:43 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:
> Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS
> Nautilus version 2.14.3
> On one of my systems in Nautilus I cannot double-click a .exe file and
> have it open in Wine, instead I receive the following message:
> ======
> Cannot open somefilename.exe
> The filename "somefilename.exe" indicates that this file is of type
> "executable". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type
> "DOS/Windows executable". If you open this file, the file might present
> a security risk to your system.
> Do not open the file unless you created the file yourself, or received
> the file from a trusted source. To open the file, rename the file to the
> correct extension for "DOS/Windows executable", then open the file
> normally. Alternatively, use the Open With menu to choose a specific
> application for the file.
> ======
> If I right click on the file, it give me the option of "Open with Text
> Editor" and "Open with other applicaton". If I then click on
> "Properties" "Open With" Wine Windows Emulator is preselected.
> If I right click on the file and "Open with other application" and then
> "Use a custom command" and use "wine" (no quotes) as the command the
> file runs just fine.
> Now here is the odd part; if I rename the extention on the file from
> lowercase .exe to uppercase .EXE I can double-click the file in Nautilus
> and it will run just fine. Ditto for .EXE to .exe and back. Or change it
>  from .exe to .win or any other and it will work just fine. After that,
> if I right click on the file it will then show: Open with "Wine Windows
> Emulator" and "Open with other applicaton" rather than "Open with Text
> Editor".
> This is just odd. I do not have the problem on three other identically
> configured systems, so I'm thinking that somewhere along the line the
> Nautilus file associations has gotten screwed up. Anyone else seen this
> behavior in Nautilus, or figured out what is causing this?
> Added note: I can use an alternate file browser and double-click with no
> problem, so this appears to be Nautilus specific.


After a little more research I found that I am not the only one with
this problem, see:
[File association with .exe]

I'm not into deleting entire .local directories so I'd prefer to figure
out the problem some other way.


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