10.39. File-5.15

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

10.39.1. Installation of File

Prepare File for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

10.39.2. 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