[CentOS] file command returns incorrect MIME type?

Benjamin Smith lists at benjamindsmith.com
Sat Mar 4 06:36:46 UTC 2006

On Friday 03 March 2006 16:33, Bart Schaefer wrote:
> > Here's the problem:
> >
> > [ben at kepler tmp]# file -i presentation.ppt
> > presentation.ppt: application/msword
> Excerpt from /usr/share/magic.mime:

-- SNIP -- 

> The middle one of those matches the first six bytes of a powerpoint
> file.  Whether it also might match the first six bytes of some msword
> documents, I don't know.

It seems to match *any* document type. I've gotten in touch with the developer 
of the Canadian who maintains the "file" command (it's Christos) and he's 
asked for the first few thousand bytes of the file, which I've sent. 

Looks like the resolution of this sits outside the CentOS mailing list. 

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