8.10. File-5.41

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: 15 MB

8.10.1. Installation of File

Prepare File for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:

make

To test the results, issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

8.10.2. Installation of File - 32bit

Clean previous build:

make distclean

Prepare File for compilation:

CC="gcc -m32" ./configure \
    --prefix=/usr         \
    --libdir=/usr/lib32   \
    --host=i686-pc-linux-gnu

Compile the package:

make

Install the package:

make DESTDIR=$PWD/DESTDIR install
cp -Rv DESTDIR/usr/lib32/* /usr/lib32
rm -rf DESTDIR

8.10.3. Installation of File - x32bit

Clean previous build:

make distclean

Prepare File for compilation:

CC="gcc -mx32" ./configure \
    --prefix=/usr          \
    --libdir=/usr/libx32   \
    --host=x86_64-pc-linux-gnux32

Compile the package:

make

Install the package:

make DESTDIR=$PWD/DESTDIR install
cp -Rv DESTDIR/usr/libx32/* /usr/libx32
rm -rf DESTDIR

8.10.4. Contents of File

Installed programs: file
Installed library: libmagic.so

Short Descriptions

file

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

libmagic

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