Another Windows "Feature"

My beloved JabRef has been behaving strangely on the laptop: It wouldn’t launch my pdf-viewer.

After some peeking in the code (gotta love that open source thingy), I found that it was executing a START <foo.pdf> to launch the default viewer. So I tried doing that – and got an “access denied” error.

In the end the problem was that I have pdf’s chmoded to rw, that is, no execute bit (this would seem reasonable in sane environments), but a “feature” of the start command only allows it to work on files with execute permissions.

Go figure