6.31. File-4.17

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: 7.5 MB

6.31.1. 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

6.31.2. 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