getting mimetype of a file

Christos TZOTZIOY Georgiou tzot at
Wed Jun 2 15:21:18 CEST 2004

On Wed, 02 Jun 2004 08:52:20 GMT, rumours say that Matteo Merli
<matteo.merli at studenti.unipr_punto_it> might have written:

>Christos TZOTZIOY Georgiou wrote:
>>>> is there any way to determine the mimetype of a file using ruby?
>> [snip]
>>>=P just realized I sent this to the wrong list. as long as I'm here... how
>>>is it done in python?
>> The module in the standard library is your friend.

...if one wants to judge by the filename only (I wasn't clear earlier).

>A more effective approach would be to use the "magic" module that come
>with the "file" utility (it is present in the sources, but not built by
>This way you can perform a fine-grained recognition of files..

Indeed.  One such attempt (mine) to use the "magic" file from python can
be found here:
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