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gnome-vfs-mime-magic(4) [opensolaris man page]

gnome-vfs-mime-magic.4(4)					   File Formats 					 gnome-vfs-mime-magic.4(4)

NAME
gnome-vfs-mime-magic, gnome-vfs.mime, gnome-vfs.keys - GNOME VFS MIME detection DESCRIPTION
GnomeVFS is obsolete. Refer to the GNOME Desktop System Administration Guide for information about how to register MIME type information with the GNOME desktop. The GNOME Desktop System Administration Guide can be viewed with yelp(1). On any modern desktop system, each document type or file type must be given a unique identification name and icon. In GNOME, this informa- tion is used extensively by the file manager, nautilus(1). The primary underlying mechanism for providing such definitions is achieved via gnome-vfs-mime-magic. gnome-vfs-mime-magic contains the default file content sniffers for identifying MIME types. The concept of MIME magic is similar to that of Solaris magic(4). EXTENDED DESCRIPTION
gnome-vfs-mime-magic Each line in the /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic file describes a MIME type. The format of each line is as follows: offset_start[:offset_end] pattern_type pattern [&pattern_mask] mime-type Each line contains the following fields: offset_start Decimal number that, with offset_end, specifies the bytes offset within the file. offset_end Decimal number that, with offset_start, specifies the bytes offset within the file. pattern_type Can be one of the following types: byte | short | long | string | date | beshort | belong | bedate | leshort | lelong | ledate where be stands for Big Endian and le stands for Little Endian. pattern An ASCII string with non-printable characters escaped as hex or octal escape sequences, and spaces and other impor- tant whitespace escaped with a backslash (). pattern_mask A string of hex digits. The mask must be the same specification as the non-ambiguous patterns. mime-type A valid MIME type. The magic patterns are matched sequentially from the first entry to the last entry of the list. Therefore, you should put the non-ambiguous patterns at the start of the list. Any pattern that requires a deep seek into the file should be placed at the end of the list to reduce performance overhead. When designing new document formats, include an easily recognizable unique magic pattern near the start of the file. A good pattern is is at least four bytes long and contains one or two non-printable characters so that text files are not misidentified. gnome-vfs.mime and gnome-vfs.keys" Apart from file sniffing, GNOME also provide a secondary mechanism to determine MIME types. If a file has been sniffed and its type does not match any of the magic patterns, GNOME looks for files called /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/*.mime and processes these. The format of these files is different to that of pattern magic. Instead of determining the MIME type by reading the content of the file, the MIME type of the file is determined by its extension. The mime info file has the following format: mime_type ext[,prio]: list of extensions for this mime-type regex[,prio]: regular expression that matches the filename More than one ext: and regex: field can be present for a given MIME type. You can also associate a priority for each field. The default priority (prio) is 1, a higher numerical value indicates a higher priority. The indentation before ext: and regex: must be a tab character ( ). The searching sequence implies that the magic pattern file has a higher precedence over the mime info files. As the mime info files are read alphabetically, this also determines matching orders for the file extension. For example, the file FirstFile.mime contains the following definition: application/foo ext: foo and the file SecondFile.mime contains the following definition: application/mini ext: foo The definition in FirstFile.mime will be found first and used. For each MIME info file there must be an associated keys file in the same directory. The key file provides human readable text which can be localized into various languages. The data in these keys files is used by the GNOME file manager, nautilus(1). EXAMPLES
Example 1: Magic pattern definition for PDF file The following entry in the /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic file describes the MIME type of application/pdf: 0 string %PDF- application/pdf The first 5 characters of a PDF file are %PDF-. The symbols % and - differentiate the PDF file from a text file. Example 2: Magic pattern definition for BMP file The following entry in the /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic file describes the MIME type of application/bmp: 0 string BMxxxx 00 00 &0xffff00000000ffff image/bmp The interpretation of this line is as follows: o The first two characters are BM and the seventh and eighth characters are NULL. o The mask 0xffff00000000ffff allows the selction of the first, second, seventh, and eighth characters to be selected for comparison. Example 3: MIME info file definition for application/x-compress The following entry in the /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic file describes the MIME type of application/x-compress: application/x-compress ext: Z This line indicates that the x-compress application searches for files with a .Z extension. The associated keys file entry in the /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/gnome-vfs.mime file is as follows (excluding all localized text): application/x-compress description=compress-compressed file icon_filename=gnome-compressed default_action_type=application category=Packages use_category_default=yes Example 4: MIME info file definition for application/x-compressed-tar The following entry in the /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic file describes the MIME type of application/x-compressed-tar: application/x-compressed-tar regex,2: tar.gz$ ext: tgz This example uses the priority flag to give regex a higher priority than ext, which means that a file with an extension of tar.gz should be matched first (to have a MIME type of application/x-compressed-tar) before tgz. FILES
The following files are used by this application: /etc/gnome/gnome-vfs-mime-magic /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/gnome-vfs.mime /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/gnome-vfs.keys /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/solaris-gnome2.0.mime /usr/share/gnome/mime-info/solaris-gnome2.0.keys ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWgnome-vfs | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Interface stability |Obsolete Volatile | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
nautilus(1), gnome-vfs.applications(4), libgnomevfs-2(3), gnome-interfaces(5) Latest version of the GNOME Desktop System Administration Guide for your platform. Written by Ghee Teo, Sun Microsystems Inc., 2003. SunOS 5.11 14 May 2008 gnome-vfs-mime-magic.4(4)
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