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I have an executable program (no source code, just the compiled executable) that was made in windows (.exe extension). It doesn't use any graphics... it simply reads and writes files. I want to be able to run it in a linux shell script so that I don't have to switch operating systems to get my output. Is there a way to use or convert the executable for linux operating systems?

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Wine works even for Windows CLI apps.

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Is there a way to run it without Wine? –  Paul May 2 '12 at 23:37
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Yes. Run Windows. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 2 '12 at 23:37
    
Obviously... But i'm looking for a way without wine or windows. –  Paul May 2 '12 at 23:39
    
Rebuild from source. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 2 '12 at 23:42
    
As I said... no source available... –  Paul May 2 '12 at 23:43
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Beside wine, as already suggested, a virtual machine like VMware-Player is fine to execute Windows programs, without rebooting.

Jar-files and some mono-applications will not need Wine or a Windows, running in a VM, but we wouldn't call that Windows executable.

A windows-executable, which runs in the shell, is most of the time still a windows executable, and won't run on DOS. Don't let the user interface fool you! They will report 'This program will not run in DOS-mode' or similar.

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Regarding running CLI win32 executables, from a real Free-DOS/MS-DOS, it can be done, although some limitations do apply. Specifically check out HXDOS japheth.de/HX.html, it also includes a utility named PatchPE, which will convert binaries from Win32-PE to DOS-PE. –  TechZilla Jun 11 '13 at 14:44
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You can't run Windows binaries (source compiled to run in Windows) on Linux without going through a Windows emulator of some sort.

So if you don't want to run Windows in a virtual machine, or you don't want to run Wine or anything similar, sorry, but it won't run on Linux.

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I don't really need most of the features of a virtual windows environment (i.e. graphics, etc)... is there a way to get an emulator just for the windows DOS command prompt? That is really all that I'll need to run the program. –  Paul May 3 '12 at 0:02
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Yes. It's called Wine. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 3 '12 at 0:07
    
@Paul If what you have is truly a DOS program then dosemu might work. But that's probably not what you have. –  Keith May 3 '12 at 0:16
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