6.12. File-5.20

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: 11.8 MB

6.12.1. Installation of File

Prepare File for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

6.12.2. Contents of File

Installed programs: file
Installed library: libmagic.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