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From: Eric S. Raymond <esr@snark.thyrsus.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 1996 12:52:26 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199610191652.MAA04746@snark.thyrsus.com>
To: pflynn@curia.ucc.ie (Peter Flynn)
Cc: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com, mag@ncsa.uiuc.edu, www-html@w3.org
>    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="http://www.ccil.org/~esr/home.html">Eric S. Raymond</a>
Received on Saturday, 19 October 1996 12:49:45 UTC

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