Executables

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Name Executables
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Container formats for machine executable code. These often define different sections to be loaded into memory. Some formats may be compatible with different CPU architectures.

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Directly executable

Shared libraries, chained files, etc.

(can't be run by themselves, but are used at runtime by other executables)

Interpreted program files

Resource data used by executables and sometimes embedded in them

See Resources.

Meta-info files used in execution of programs/packages

Virtual machine code

(see Wikipedia:UVC-based preservation for use of virtual machines in archival preservation)

Macros or automated scripting

For additional formats, see Programming Languages.

Executable compression

Refer to Executable compression.

Executable envelopes

(Generated executables: self-extracting archives and installers, executable documents, etc.)

Refer to Executable envelopes.

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