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Re: using libmagic in Emacs?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: using libmagic in Emacs?
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 01:37:14 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

>> > No one has yet explained why we shouldn't deal with such failures by
>> > simply fixing Emacs' file detection, instead of relying on libmagic or
>> Because we don't want to keep reinventing the wheel, do we?
> What wheel is that?  Emacs has been consulting various internal
> databases since time immemoriam.  We do the same with Unicode
> databases as well.

Yes, Emacs reinvented many wheels, and even preinvented some.
That doesn't make reinvention any more desirable.


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