Re: file types

Eric S. Raymond (
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 21:40:46 -0400 (EDT)

From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: file types
To: (Paul Prescod)
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 21:40:46 -0400 (EDT)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Paul Prescod" at Oct 25, 96 09:31:21 pm

> It disturbs me that instead of a "file description" mailing list, it is
> already a "magic numbers" mailing list. We have discussed many different
> ways of having self-identifying files, and I think that the SGML, Bento and
> OLE mechanisms are equally valid, and perhaps already more widely used than
> magic numbers.

This is because we're trying to regularize and slightly improve on
engineering practice in the Unix world, rather than building a huge,
ambitious, theoretically wonderful object system that's so heavyweight
and tangled up with corporate marketing that no one will actually use it.
	<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>