File 5.17

This is a command-line utility that attempts to classify files depending on their contents
File is the open source and free implementation of the 'file' command used on almost every free operating system, such as Linux and BSD.

The 'file' command, if you're not familiar with it, is a command-line tool that tells you what kind of data a file contains.

The original 'file' command shipped with Bell Labs UNIX, but was unavailable in source form to the masses before Ian's re-implementation.

File is a platform-independent application that supports BSD distributions (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Darwin/Mac OS X, etc.) and all known Linux operating systems.

last updated on:
February 13th, 2014, 8:30 GMT
developed by:
Christos Zoulas
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
ROOT \ System \ System Administration


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File - File usage example from the command-line
What's New in This Release:
  • Count recursion levels through indirect magic
  • Prevent infinite recursion on files with indirect offsets of 0
  • Add -E flag that makes file print filesystem errors to stderr and exit.
  • mime printing could print results from multiple magic entries if there were multiple matches.
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