File extension .IN
The .IN file extension is a compiled executable format that is typically generated by the GNU Autotools suite of programs., used for creating and configuring software tools. It is created by running the “make” command with the Autotools programs, and can sometimes be referred to as a “built object file”, due to its function.
Similar to a .EXE file format, .IN files are basic executables that are generated and compiled from source code to executable binary content. The process which it undergoes is unique, however, in that instead of being generated directly by the source code compiler, .IN files are built into executable binaries with the use of “make” command in Autotools. This type of executable is recognized in open source systems such as Linux, BSD, Solaris, and Mac OS X. The other types of compiled binaries such as shared libraries end with extensions like .SO, .DLL, or .DYLIB.
A .IN file is generated when installation paths are made available to distribute an Autotools-made project in a publishable format. Distribution packages of makefiles (.mk files) can be compiled into the finalised executable binary which is packaged together with its respective resource files for release. Such distribution packages come with a certain amount of convenience for users to run the program without using the source code.
By using the Autotools suite command “make”, resources such as C and C++ source code can be compiled in order to generate a basic exectuable file as a ".in" so that this might be emulated on installed platforms. The “make” command turns sources into object files, linking one or more of them together into a single ".in" format which can then be run from a remote command line interface or UNIX-like console or terminal screen in an interactive session.
Programs for WINDOWS system
After installing the required software, the operating system will usually automatically associate an unknown file type (in this case .IN) with the new application. If this does not happen, we can help the system a bit by selecting the software for it, which it should always use to open files with the .IN extension.
When choosing the software we can select the system to use this software every time.
Using it for the first time it is good to check whether the .IN file opened in the application can be read by us and opens in a way that allows us to use it. If everything is in order, select this option the next time you open a file with the .IN extension. However, if the file has not opened correctly, we have to look for a different software, with which we can open files with the .IN extension. Select a different software from our list and install it on your computer. After the software is installed, repeat inspection openings of a .IN file. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.
If none of the programs listed by us to work with the .IN file has not meet your expectations, you can try searching other websites. But remember to avoid downloading programs "that can open any file". These applications not only have very limited functionality, but may also expose you to expense tens of dollars when purchasing a license.
In the vast majority of cases you will find the program dedicated to support the .IN file, or any other file format. In addition, there is a chance that it will be a free program, and its functionality (concerning the .IN file) will be extended to the maximum.
It is also good to check
- if the .IN file has no errors
- or if it has been copied (or downloaded by the browser) thoroughly
Mr B. Adam
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