It seems that all the bin files are wrongly tagged as text on the download server.
This seems not restricted to Jira product.
Unfortunatly downloading files from the internet in our enterprise is only allowed on windows clients with Internet Explorer, so please fix this!
I found that I could reproduce this problem in my IE 11 instance. However this actually appears to be because the Windows environment does not understand how to handle this file type. I don't think this is something that Atlassian can change on that download site to prevent this problem with this OS/browser. I believe the reason this is happening is because the browser is trying to be helpful, but honestly it does not understand what this filetype is and in turn it does not understand that it should be saving this instead of trying to open it directly in the browser.
There are a couple of different ways to work around this.
After you select the download type on that download page, you can still right click on the green Download button and select the "Save target as.." to save this as a file.
More complex, but more thorough work-around:
From that point I then closed IE to make sure my setting changes were taking effect. And then when I returned to the Atlassian download site in IE and selected a Linux bin installer, a single left click on the download button then prompts IE to ask the user if they want to "Open, Save, Cancel". Select Save. From that point on IE should always prompt you and ask what to do when it sees this kind of filetype.
You could also associate this filetype with another program like a compression application like winzip, 7zip. Not all bin files might be truly compressed files, but it serves as a means to tell the browser that this is a filetype the browser is not expected to be able to open.
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