Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server

Eric S. Raymond (
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 12:52:26 -0400 (EDT)

From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server
To: (Peter Flynn)
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 1996 12:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Peter Flynn" at Oct 19, 96 05:23:58 pm

>    Nothing is wrong with UNIX magic numbers as an implementation of file
>    typing, except that they are weakly integrated - they don't exist for
>    many kinds of files, there is no registry or namespace allocation
>    convention (actually, there is, or was, though I don't know how widely
>    known it is or who is doing it now that AT&T no longer owns UNIX), there
>    is no way to manipulate them, etc.
> Good point...sounds like a case for an RFC here.

You're right.  This sounds like a worthy project -- perhaps I'll start a
Magic Number Registry and float an RFC.

Perhaps there ought to be a File Extension Registry as well?

(I already maintain the master terminfo/termcap files, so I have experience
with this kind of project.)
	<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>