Debian comes with a utility that can guess at the contents of a file for you.
Although it is not 100% accurate, you can use the following command to explore
- $ file /bin/cp
You should see something like this:
Skipping the technical parts, this is an executable file for Intel machines.
- $ file /etc/init.d/boot
The preceding command gives this response:
- /etc/init.d/boot: Bourne shell script text
meaning that this is a text file containing a Bourne shell script.
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