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Re: using libmagic in Emacs?

From: Reiner Steib
Subject: Re: using libmagic in Emacs?
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:27:50 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110011 (No Gnus v0.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

On Thu, Aug 20 2009, Richard Stallman wrote:

> If we go this route, we should not load gnus/mailcap.el.

(mailcap.el doesn't load anything else, AFAICS.)

> It contains lots of other stuff.  

Ironically last year some stuff from dired-aux.el was moved to
mailcap.el and is used in `minibuffer-default-add-shell-commands' from

> So we ought to separate out and preload the right part of it, such
> as the variable `mailcap-mime-data'.

The initial value of `mailcap-mime-data' is a fall-back (for systems
without proper mailcap files).  To make it useful, probably
`mailcap-parse-mailcaps' and related functions are necessary:

$ emacs-23-1 -Q -f ielm -l mailcap
ELISP> (with-temp-buffer
          (pp-to-string mailcap-mime-data))
ELISP> (mailcap-parse-mailcaps)
ELISP> (with-temp-buffer
          (pp-to-string mailcap-mime-data))
ELISP> system-type

Bye, Reiner.
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