|FILE(1)||General Commands Manual||FILE(1)|
fileutility tests each argument and attempts to determine its type. Three sets of tests are performed:
fileis not running as root). The file format is described in magic(5).
The first test which succeeds causes the file type to be printed. The type will often contain one of the words text (contains only printing characters and is probably safe to read on an ASCII terminal), executable (the file contains a compiled executable program) or data meaning anything else.
If file is a single dash
file reads from the standard
The options are as follows:
fileutility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. magic(5)
filecommands have appeared in many previous versions of UNIX. This version was written by Nicholas Marriott for OpenBSD 5.8 to replace the previous version originally written by Ian Darwin.
There is a large number of contributors to the magic files; many are listed in the source files.
|December 24, 2015||OpenBSD-current|