Registry Files

Alisdair Davey ard at
Wed Sep 3 11:54:00 IST 2008

On Wed, 2008-09-03 at 09:25 +0200, Glenn Steen wrote:
> 2008/9/3 Peter Nitschke <email at>:
> > File utility?  I tried searching, but got nothing :-(
> >
> The message got quarantined, right? Then you can run
> file /path/to/quarantine/on/to/the/attachment/that/bothered/file
> ... That way you'll see what exactly it is on about.
> BTW... "Registry files" are one of two things... The data files
> consisting the registry or ... plain text files with the normal
> windowsy look... My guess would be that the file commands magic for a
> windoze reg-text-file is pretty oportunistic... and triggers on
> something simple.
> How to amend that? Either munge your magics or pester the file command
> maintainer:-):-).

In a similar vein I quite often see ordinary text files being detected
as quicktime movies because they match the file command magic for a
quicktime file exactly as Glenn suggests. It is however infrequent
enough that I just use one of the fine programs out there to release the
message when it does occur...

Alisdair Davey 
Pergamentum Solutions                           ard at
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Medford, MA 02155

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