'file' Command Giving False Positives

Dan Nelson dnelson at allantgroup.com
Fri Jul 2 14:52:44 UTC 2010

In the last episode (Jul 02), Tim Daneliuk said:
> I have a data file with the content:
>     LZasdadqjwjqwjqwjeqwe
> 'file' (incorrectly) reports this as an MS-DOS executable.

I dunno; if I create a file "a.exe" on my XP system with those contents, I
can run it from a cmd prompt, and it doesn't print any errors, so
technically it is an MS-DOS executable :)
> Does anyone happen to know the proper changes to 'magic' that would
> fix this?

Easiest fix would be to remove line 377 from
/usr/src/contrib/file/Magdir/msdos and rebuild & reinstall
/usr/src/lib/libmagic/ .  

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at allantgroup.com

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