[lug] C(++) library to detect file type (a la 'file')
Scott A. Herod
herod at dimensional.com
Thu Oct 31 10:17:47 MST 2002
rm at fabula.de wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> i'm looking for a (GPL comaptible) library that implements file type
> detection similar to 'file(1)'. The only stuff i found so far is:
> - in libgnome (which i'd hate to have to install on a server)
> - There's an article and software package on freedesktop.org that
> address the need for a unified 'file magic' database, but that
> lacks a client program/library to query the database.
> Any pointers (or &references) would be highly welcome.
> TIA Ralf Mattes
Why not just use file? You could either make a system call, or build
your own utility from the code for the system command. The magic
configuration file seems to be the key piece.
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