Do File Extensions Really Matter in Windows?
Yesterday I downloaded a video from youtube and saved in linux. I’m using a firefox addon called DownThemAll!. It doesn’t save the download with file extension. Since I was using Fedora i was not bothered about it much. Then for some work I logged onto xp. Then I tried to play the downloaded video in windows, but it didn’t play because it was not having an File extension.I know it should be either mp4 or flv, So i tried renaming the file with extension mp4 and it worked. Then i had a doubt, what if i rename the file with the extension flv and play. So i renamed with the extension flv and played. To my surprise it the file was playing without any glitch. My questions are
- If the same file can be played without any problem in two different extensions, then what is the use of having extensions?
- If VLC player in Linux can play a file without an extension, why can’t it do the same in windows?
- On the first place, What is the reason for having a file extension?