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       xfmtype - xfm file type tester


       xfmtype -m magic_file [-f] filename ...


       The  xfmtype  program  reads a magic configuration file and tests each file in its command
       line to tell its type according to the configuration file.

       The format of the configuration file is the  similar  to  magic(5)  with  the  differences
       described in 0


       -f file
           Consider the following argument as a file, even if it begins with `-'.

       -m file
           Specifies  a configuration file. You can specify more than one configuration file with
           several -m flags. They are read in the order in which they  are  found.  Configuration
           files  do not have effect until they are encountered in the command line. So, files to
           test in the command line before that switch will not be affected by it.


       If no rule matches a specified field or the type cannot be  determined  because  of  other
       reasons, one of the following built in types is returned:

       inode/x-unreadable The file could not be read.

       inode/x-empty File size is zero.

       text/plain The file looks like ACSII.
       xfm will look into xfm_mime.type(5) for more guessing.

       application/octet-stream Other regular file.
       xfm will look into xfm_mime.type(5) for more guessing.

       inode/directory A directory.

       inode/chardevice A character device.

       inode/blockdevice A block device.

       inode/pipe A names pipe (fifo).

       inode/socket A socket.

       inode/default None of the above.


       Bad  configuration  lines  cause undefined behavior. In general they are silently ignored,
       but that is not guaranteed.
       There are no warning or error message except for the regular expression syntax.
       There should be a syntax checking mode.
       All of the above apply to xfm too.


       xfm(1), xfm_magic(5), file(1), magic(5).


       Copyright (c) 1995 CNM-US
       Copyright (c) 1995 Juan D. Martin


       Juan D. Martin (
       (but modified heavily by Bernhard R. Link)