How to know if a file is a text file

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Sun Nov 15 13:06:48 CET 2009

On Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:02:29 +0100, Luca Fabbri wrote:

> I'm looking for a way to be able to load a generic file from the
> system and understand if he is plain text.
> The mimetype module has some nice methods, but for example it's not
> working for file without extension.
> Any suggestion?

You could use the "file" command. It's normally installed by default on
Unix systems, but you can get a Windows version from:

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