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Filetype

May 26, 2018

New file-type detection system

Actually, we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, rather adapt it to suit a slightly different purpose.

Below are a few main points and reasons as to why we’ve created filetype

* file does not work so well for loosely defined filetypes  ie, vCards 
* file uses a text-based type database which can impose unwanted delays
   in frequently invoked processes
* file does not have a heirachial type tree ie, executable->MSDOS->EXE 
* file is not designed to be incorporated at a source level into existing
  projects
* Simpler and broader type detection engine  'file' is very good at
   pulling out every detail about a file, ie, the resolution of an image,
   however we do not wish to seek out such fine details 

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