testing the data-type of a stream

David Bear david.bear at asu.edu
Wed Sep 17 05:53:28 CEST 2003

I'm writing a filter and would like to be able to do what the Linux
'file' command does, i.e. look at a couple of bytes to see what kind of
data I'm dealing with, the branch based on the type. 

I scanned the python library and couldn't find anything that seemed to
approximate this.  I know I could do os.popen and call the file
command then parse the output, but would rather not if there is a
regular python module that can do it for me.

any recommendations?

David Bear
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