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Re: file magic for SVG

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: file magic for SVG
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 17:46:01 +0200
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On Mon, Jun 27, 2005 at 03:54:32PM +0100, Alan Horkan wrote:
> I have no reason to believe I wasn't using the
> the GNU version file (version 4.12) as the machine was running Debian.

and you were trapped.  There seems to be no GNU implementation of file.

Thus bug-gnu-utils isn't the right bug report address and in most cases,
your bug report would not be read by anyone.

If you don't want to search for the bug report in the original tarball,
just use the Debian bug tracking system.  The Debian maintainer will then
take care of delivering the problem to the original maintainer.
see http://bugs.debian.org/

> magic needed for two of my favourites Gnumeric and Abiword).

I noticed the following in file-4.14:

# Gnumeric spreadsheet
# This entry is only semi-helpful, as Gnumeric compresses its files, so
# they will ordinarily reported as "compressed", but at least -z helps
39      string          =<gmr:Workbook           Gnumeric spreadsheet

But nothing about Abiword.

> > > # Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML based standard for
> > > # Vector Graphics from the World Wide Web Consortium
> > > # http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/
> > > 0       string/cB       \<!DOCTYPE\ svg         SVG image data
> > > 0       string/cb       \<svg                   SVG image data
> >
> > I cannot understand why should the second line contain the flag "b" when
> > there is no blank in the string "<svg".
> Now that you mention it I suppose I should have escaped a space <svg\ but
> then it is possible although rare to see <svg> more often there would be a

I'm not sure I know what's the right way here.  Hopefully the maintainer
of file will help us here.

Stepan Kasal

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