pop-up window when trying to execute (binary) files without permission to execute. A direct option to give the file the permission and run in terminal should be given.

Registered by Spohl on 2007-10-19

If one gets a binary file and tries to start it with a doubleclick for instance, nothing happens because there is no permission to execute the file as a program. Most people, especially the one new to Ubuntu don't execute each application or downloaded file in the terminal. Thus they get no response after doubleclick when there is no permission to execute .

It would be nice to have a pop-up window in this case, which gives a few options or information.
There should be the possibility to directly give the file the permission to execute and furthermore to let it run in the terminal.

For example, someone downloaded googleearth.bin, he can click as much as he wants. This dialog could be very helpful for new Users.

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Spohl on 2008-03-16

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Personally, I don't know what is necessary to implement such a tool.
The software somehow has to recognize that there is no permission to execute. Actually the terminal can do this, but I don't know how hard it is to implement this as a GUI.

If one has an executable text file for instance, there is already such a pop-up window that gives options for either display the text or run the file in terminal. Therefore I cannot imagine it to be too difficult to do it in a similar way for not executable files.

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