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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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    Quote Originally Posted by jpforum View Post
    Thanks from the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts! Dropping into TextEdit does it fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    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).
    Please 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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    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    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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