determine file type

Mark Gibson mark at
Mon Mar 27 02:13:40 CEST 2006

Is there an equivalent to the unix 'file' command?

[mark tmp]$ file min.txt
min.txt: ASCII text
[mark tmp]$ file trunk
trunk: directory
[mark tmp]$ file compliance.tgz
compliance.tgz: gzip compressed data, from Unix

What I really want to do is determine if a file is 1) a directory, 2) a 
text file 3) a binary file.

Is there a way to do this?


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