Please mention in man page how /etc/magic.mime affects `file'

Bug #105028 reported by Christian Convey on 2007-04-10
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
file (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The 'file' program is affected by the presence of a symlink named "/etc/magic.mime".

You can see the effect of that symlink's existence by looking at the following bug report:

The problem is, 'file's manpage makes no mention of "/etc/magic.mime" (that I can discern) in its FILES section. So the manpage is misleading because /etc/magic.ime *does* matter to file's behavior, but isn't listed in the FILES section.

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Also in 8.04.1, 8.10 beta, and Debian unstable.

Changed in file:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed

How can the "importance" of this bug be set to "wishlist"??? It's an actual bug in the documentation. The man page is supposed to list all of the relevant files, and /etc/magic.mime is a relevant file, and it's not mentioned in the man page!

This bug report doesn't represent a request for a new feature, it's describing an actual bug!

Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-02-04
tags: added: manpage
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