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Re: using libmagic in Emacs?

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: using libmagic in Emacs?
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:01:09 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> Would there be interest in an Emacs patch for libmagic, or is there some
>> obvious reason this havent been done yet? I envision this as being an
>> inteface with 2 implementations, a lisp fallback like today, and
>> libmagic if available. I did a libmagick wrapper for Ocaml using Swig
>> before so I have some familiarity with the API.
> I think it's a good idea.  It may require some non-trivial changes on
> the Lisp side, since libmagic's information is not quite the same as
> what Emacs currently uses: we'll probably want to use libmagic to get
> a MIME-type and then have a table mapping mime-types to major modes or
> some such.

This development would probably have to take place in a separate branch.

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