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How do I open old (~2002) Unix files in my OS 10.7?
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What kind of Unix files? Text? Binaries?
If all else fails drag and drop on TextEdit.

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Thanks from the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts! Dropping into TextEdit does it fine.
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If you ever have one that's an executable, you can always open it from the command line. Just "cd" into the directory and type ./<executable name>. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I can elaborate).

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If you ever have one that's an executable, you can always open it from the command line. Just "cd" into the directory and type ./<executable name>. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I can elaborate).
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Doing what I mentioned requires using the Terminal. Open the Terminal, type cd and then drag the folder that the file is in onto the Terminal window. Press enter and then type ./<filename> (replacing the <filename> with the name of the file).

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I'm thinking they have a bunch of old files that OS X doesn't know what to do with so they show up as 'unix' files.
Probably mostly text files. To the OP, if you know they're text, add a .txt extension and you can double-click them to open them in TextEdit.

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I'm thinking they have a bunch of old files that OS X doesn't know what to do with so they show up as 'unix' files.
Probably mostly text files. To the OP, if you know they're text, add a .txt extension and you can double-click them to open them in TextEdit.
Thanks! That works fine for the files that don't open directly in TextEdit. I appreciate all your help.
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