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Re: Language identification

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: Re: Language identification
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 22:16:30 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>>> I often wish that files would open in Emacs with correct mode
>>> more often when there is no file extension.
>> In `auto-mode-alist' you can see that with the exception of
>> `archive-mode', `doc-view-mode' and `image-mode', all remaining
>> modes are programming text modes.  It would be more useful
>> to identify file types for these modes that libmagic can't do.
>> Do you know a library that identifies programming languages?
>> Such a library might be implemented using a Bayesian classifier
>> trained on a sufficiently large corpus of different programming
>> languages.
> OTOH, how often do you see a file containg programming language code and
> yet without ny extension?

More often with a non-standard extension than without any extension.

Also there are conflicting extensions like e.g. ".pl" for both
Perl and Prolog (esp. SWI-Prolog).

Juri Linkov

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