seperating directories from files

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Mon Jan 30 10:30:19 EST 2006

> It's not what you are looking for here, but os.stat gives you access to
> lots of information about files.  In Linux and Windows, though, the
> 'type' of a file is incorporated into its filename through an extension.

No, only in windows. Under linux/unix in general there might exist the
file-command, which is basically a heuristic approach to the problem by
scanning for magic numbers and the like. Should be installed on any decent

I'm not aware of a wrapping of "file" for python, and as the search terms
are pretty non-descriptive a quick google search hasn't enlightend me. But
you could always go for subprocess and invoke file, of course.


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