6.33. File-4.26

The File package contains a utility for determining the type of a given file or files.

Approximate build time: 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 8.9 MB

6.33.1. Installation of File

Fix the man page so that it will reflect recent changes to the -e (--exclude) parameter:

sed -i -e '197,+1d' \
       -e '189,+1d' \
       -e 's/token$/tokens/' doc/file.man

Prepare File for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

6.33.2. Contents of File

Installed programs: file
Installed library: libmagic.{a,so}

Short Descriptions


Tries to classify each given file; it does this by performing several tests—file system tests, magic number tests, and language tests


Contains routines for magic number recognition, used by the file program