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  1. .\" $File:,v 1.138 2019/10/15 18:00:40 christos Exp $
  2. .Dd July 13, 2019
  3. .Dt FILE __CSECTION__
  4. .Os
  5. .Sh NAME
  6. .Nm file
  7. .Nd determine file type
  9. .Nm
  10. .Bk -words
  11. .Op Fl bcdEhiklLNnprsSvzZ0
  12. .Op Fl Fl apple
  13. .Op Fl Fl extension
  14. .Op Fl Fl mime-encoding
  15. .Op Fl Fl mime-type
  16. .Op Fl e Ar testname
  17. .Op Fl F Ar separator
  18. .Op Fl f Ar namefile
  19. .Op Fl m Ar magicfiles
  20. .Op Fl P Ar name=value
  21. .Ar
  22. .Ek
  23. .Nm
  24. .Fl C
  25. .Op Fl m Ar magicfiles
  26. .Nm
  27. .Op Fl Fl help
  29. This manual page documents version __VERSION__ of the
  30. .Nm
  31. command.
  32. .Pp
  33. .Nm
  34. tests each argument in an attempt to classify it.
  35. There are three sets of tests, performed in this order:
  36. filesystem tests, magic tests, and language tests.
  37. The
  38. .Em first
  39. test that succeeds causes the file type to be printed.
  40. .Pp
  41. The type printed will usually contain one of the words
  42. .Em text
  43. (the file contains only
  44. printing characters and a few common control
  45. characters and is probably safe to read on an
  46. .Dv ASCII
  47. terminal),
  48. .Em executable
  49. (the file contains the result of compiling a program
  50. in a form understandable to some
  51. .Tn UNIX
  52. kernel or another),
  53. or
  54. .Em data
  55. meaning anything else (data is usually
  56. .Dq binary
  57. or non-printable).
  58. Exceptions are well-known file formats (core files, tar archives)
  59. that are known to contain binary data.
  60. When modifying magic files or the program itself, make sure to
  61. .Em "preserve these keywords" .
  62. Users depend on knowing that all the readable files in a directory
  63. have the word
  64. .Dq text
  65. printed.
  66. Don't do as Berkeley did and change
  67. .Dq shell commands text
  68. to
  69. .Dq shell script .
  70. .Pp
  71. The filesystem tests are based on examining the return from a
  72. .Xr stat 2
  73. system call.
  74. The program checks to see if the file is empty,
  75. or if it's some sort of special file.
  76. Any known file types appropriate to the system you are running on
  77. (sockets, symbolic links, or named pipes (FIFOs) on those systems that
  78. implement them)
  79. are intuited if they are defined in the system header file
  80. .In sys/stat.h .
  81. .Pp
  82. The magic tests are used to check for files with data in
  83. particular fixed formats.
  84. The canonical example of this is a binary executable (compiled program)
  85. .Dv a.out
  86. file, whose format is defined in
  87. .In elf.h ,
  88. .In a.out.h
  89. and possibly
  90. .In exec.h
  91. in the standard include directory.
  92. These files have a
  93. .Dq "magic number"
  94. stored in a particular place
  95. near the beginning of the file that tells the
  96. .Tn UNIX
  97. operating system
  98. that the file is a binary executable, and which of several types thereof.
  99. The concept of a
  100. .Dq "magic"
  101. has been applied by extension to data files.
  102. Any file with some invariant identifier at a small fixed
  103. offset into the file can usually be described in this way.
  104. The information identifying these files is read from the compiled
  105. magic file
  106. .Pa __MAGIC__.mgc ,
  107. or the files in the directory
  108. .Pa __MAGIC__
  109. if the compiled file does not exist.
  110. In addition, if
  111. .Pa $HOME/.magic.mgc
  112. or
  113. .Pa $HOME/.magic
  114. exists, it will be used in preference to the system magic files.
  115. .Pp
  116. If a file does not match any of the entries in the magic file,
  117. it is examined to see if it seems to be a text file.
  118. ASCII, ISO-8859-x, non-ISO 8-bit extended-ASCII character sets
  119. (such as those used on Macintosh and IBM PC systems),
  120. UTF-8-encoded Unicode, UTF-16-encoded Unicode, and EBCDIC
  121. character sets can be distinguished by the different
  122. ranges and sequences of bytes that constitute printable text
  123. in each set.
  124. If a file passes any of these tests, its character set is reported.
  125. ASCII, ISO-8859-x, UTF-8, and extended-ASCII files are identified
  126. as
  127. .Dq text
  128. because they will be mostly readable on nearly any terminal;
  129. UTF-16 and EBCDIC are only
  130. .Dq character data
  131. because, while
  132. they contain text, it is text that will require translation
  133. before it can be read.
  134. In addition,
  135. .Nm
  136. will attempt to determine other characteristics of text-type files.
  137. If the lines of a file are terminated by CR, CRLF, or NEL, instead
  138. of the Unix-standard LF, this will be reported.
  139. Files that contain embedded escape sequences or overstriking
  140. will also be identified.
  141. .Pp
  142. Once
  143. .Nm
  144. has determined the character set used in a text-type file,
  145. it will
  146. attempt to determine in what language the file is written.
  147. The language tests look for particular strings (cf.
  148. .In names.h )
  149. that can appear anywhere in the first few blocks of a file.
  150. For example, the keyword
  151. .Em .br
  152. indicates that the file is most likely a
  153. .Xr troff 1
  154. input file, just as the keyword
  155. .Em struct
  156. indicates a C program.
  157. These tests are less reliable than the previous
  158. two groups, so they are performed last.
  159. The language test routines also test for some miscellany
  160. (such as
  161. .Xr tar 1
  162. archives, JSON files).
  163. .Pp
  164. Any file that cannot be identified as having been written
  165. in any of the character sets listed above is simply said to be
  166. .Dq data .
  167. .Sh OPTIONS
  168. .Bl -tag -width indent
  169. .It Fl Fl apple
  170. Causes the file command to output the file type and creator code as
  171. used by older MacOS versions.
  172. The code consists of eight letters,
  173. the first describing the file type, the latter the creator.
  174. This option works properly only for file formats that have the
  175. apple-style output defined.
  176. .It Fl b , Fl Fl brief
  177. Do not prepend filenames to output lines (brief mode).
  178. .It Fl C , Fl Fl compile
  179. Write a
  180. .Pa magic.mgc
  181. output file that contains a pre-parsed version of the magic file or directory.
  182. .It Fl c , Fl Fl checking-printout
  183. Cause a checking printout of the parsed form of the magic file.
  184. This is usually used in conjunction with the
  185. .Fl m
  186. flag to debug a new magic file before installing it.
  187. .It Fl d
  188. Prints internal debugging information to stderr.
  189. .It Fl E
  190. On filesystem errors (file not found etc), instead of handling the error
  191. as regular output as POSIX mandates and keep going, issue an error message
  192. and exit.
  193. .It Fl e , Fl Fl exclude Ar testname
  194. Exclude the test named in
  195. .Ar testname
  196. from the list of tests made to determine the file type.
  197. Valid test names are:
  198. .Bl -tag -width compress
  199. .It apptype
  200. .Dv EMX
  201. application type (only on EMX).
  202. .It ascii
  203. Various types of text files (this test will try to guess the text
  204. encoding, irrespective of the setting of the
  205. .Sq encoding
  206. option).
  207. .It encoding
  208. Different text encodings for soft magic tests.
  209. .It tokens
  210. Ignored for backwards compatibility.
  211. .It cdf
  212. Prints details of Compound Document Files.
  213. .It compress
  214. Checks for, and looks inside, compressed files.
  215. .It csv
  216. Checks Comma Separated Value files.
  217. .It elf
  218. Prints ELF file details, provided soft magic tests are enabled and the
  219. elf magic is found.
  220. .It json
  221. Examines JSON (RFC-7159) files by parsing them for compliance.
  222. .It soft
  223. Consults magic files.
  224. .It tar
  225. Examines tar files by verifying the checksum of the 512 byte tar header.
  226. Excluding this test can provide more detailed content description by using
  227. the soft magic method.
  228. .It text
  229. A synonym for
  230. .Sq ascii .
  231. .El
  232. .It Fl Fl extension
  233. Print a slash-separated list of valid extensions for the file type found.
  234. .It Fl F , Fl Fl separator Ar separator
  235. Use the specified string as the separator between the filename and the
  236. file result returned.
  237. Defaults to
  238. .Sq \&: .
  239. .It Fl f , Fl Fl files-from Ar namefile
  240. Read the names of the files to be examined from
  241. .Ar namefile
  242. (one per line)
  243. before the argument list.
  244. Either
  245. .Ar namefile
  246. or at least one filename argument must be present;
  247. to test the standard input, use
  248. .Sq -
  249. as a filename argument.
  250. Please note that
  251. .Ar namefile
  252. is unwrapped and the enclosed filenames are processed when this option is
  253. encountered and before any further options processing is done.
  254. This allows one to process multiple lists of files with different command line
  255. arguments on the same
  256. .Nm
  257. invocation.
  258. Thus if you want to set the delimiter, you need to do it before you specify
  259. the list of files, like:
  260. .Dq Fl F Ar @ Fl f Ar namefile ,
  261. instead of:
  262. .Dq Fl f Ar namefile Fl F Ar @ .
  263. .It Fl h , Fl Fl no-dereference
  264. option causes symlinks not to be followed
  265. (on systems that support symbolic links).
  266. This is the default if the environment variable
  268. is not defined.
  269. .It Fl i , Fl Fl mime
  270. Causes the file command to output mime type strings rather than the more
  271. traditional human readable ones.
  272. Thus it may say
  273. .Sq text/plain; charset=us-ascii
  274. rather than
  275. .Dq ASCII text .
  276. .It Fl Fl mime-type , Fl Fl mime-encoding
  277. Like
  278. .Fl i ,
  279. but print only the specified element(s).
  280. .It Fl k , Fl Fl keep-going
  281. Don't stop at the first match, keep going.
  282. Subsequent matches will be
  283. have the string
  284. .Sq "\[rs]012\- "
  285. prepended.
  286. (If you want a newline, see the
  287. .Fl r
  288. option.)
  289. The magic pattern with the highest strength (see the
  290. .Fl l
  291. option) comes first.
  292. .It Fl l , Fl Fl list
  293. Shows a list of patterns and their strength sorted descending by
  294. .Xr magic __FSECTION__
  295. strength
  296. which is used for the matching (see also the
  297. .Fl k
  298. option).
  299. .It Fl L , Fl Fl dereference
  300. option causes symlinks to be followed, as the like-named option in
  301. .Xr ls 1
  302. (on systems that support symbolic links).
  303. This is the default if the environment variable
  305. is defined.
  306. .It Fl m , Fl Fl magic-file Ar magicfiles
  307. Specify an alternate list of files and directories containing magic.
  308. This can be a single item, or a colon-separated list.
  309. If a compiled magic file is found alongside a file or directory,
  310. it will be used instead.
  311. .It Fl N , Fl Fl no-pad
  312. Don't pad filenames so that they align in the output.
  313. .It Fl n , Fl Fl no-buffer
  314. Force stdout to be flushed after checking each file.
  315. This is only useful if checking a list of files.
  316. It is intended to be used by programs that want filetype output from a pipe.
  317. .It Fl p , Fl Fl preserve-date
  318. On systems that support
  319. .Xr utime 3
  320. or
  321. .Xr utimes 2 ,
  322. attempt to preserve the access time of files analyzed, to pretend that
  323. .Nm
  324. never read them.
  325. .It Fl P , Fl Fl parameter Ar name=value
  326. Set various parameter limits.
  327. .Bl -column "elf_phnum" "Default" "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" -offset indent
  328. .It Sy "Name" Ta Sy "Default" Ta Sy "Explanation"
  329. .It Li indir Ta 15 Ta recursion limit for indirect magic
  330. .It Li name Ta 30 Ta use count limit for name/use magic
  331. .It Li elf_notes Ta 256 Ta max ELF notes processed
  332. .It Li elf_phnum Ta 128 Ta max ELF program sections processed
  333. .It Li elf_shnum Ta 32768 Ta max ELF sections processed
  334. .It Li regex Ta 8192 Ta length limit for regex searches
  335. .It Li bytes Ta 1048576 Ta max number of bytes to read from file
  336. .El
  337. .It Fl r , Fl Fl raw
  338. Don't translate unprintable characters to \eooo.
  339. Normally
  340. .Nm
  341. translates unprintable characters to their octal representation.
  342. .It Fl s , Fl Fl special-files
  343. Normally,
  344. .Nm
  345. only attempts to read and determine the type of argument files which
  346. .Xr stat 2
  347. reports are ordinary files.
  348. This prevents problems, because reading special files may have peculiar
  349. consequences.
  350. Specifying the
  351. .Fl s
  352. option causes
  353. .Nm
  354. to also read argument files which are block or character special files.
  355. This is useful for determining the filesystem types of the data in raw
  356. disk partitions, which are block special files.
  357. This option also causes
  358. .Nm
  359. to disregard the file size as reported by
  360. .Xr stat 2
  361. since on some systems it reports a zero size for raw disk partitions.
  362. .It Fl S , Fl Fl no-sandbox
  363. On systems where libseccomp
  364. .Pa ( )
  365. is available, the
  366. .Fl S
  367. flag disables sandboxing which is enabled by default.
  368. This option is needed for file to execute external decompressing programs,
  369. i.e. when the
  370. .Fl z
  371. flag is specified and the built-in decompressors are not available.
  372. On systems where sandboxing is not available, this option has no effect.
  373. .It Fl v , Fl Fl version
  374. Print the version of the program and exit.
  375. .It Fl z , Fl Fl uncompress
  376. Try to look inside compressed files.
  377. .It Fl Z , Fl Fl uncompress-noreport
  378. Try to look inside compressed files, but report information about the contents
  379. only not the compression.
  380. .It Fl 0 , Fl Fl print0
  381. Output a null character
  382. .Sq \e0
  383. after the end of the filename.
  384. Nice to
  385. .Xr cut 1
  386. the output.
  387. This does not affect the separator, which is still printed.
  388. .Pp
  389. If this option is repeated more than once, then
  390. .Nm
  391. prints just the filename followed by a NUL followed by the description
  392. (or ERROR: text) followed by a second NUL for each entry.
  393. .It Fl -help
  394. Print a help message and exit.
  395. .El
  397. The environment variable
  398. .Ev MAGIC
  399. can be used to set the default magic file name.
  400. If that variable is set, then
  401. .Nm
  402. will not attempt to open
  403. .Pa $HOME/.magic .
  404. .Nm
  405. adds
  406. .Dq Pa .mgc
  407. to the value of this variable as appropriate.
  408. The environment variable
  410. controls (on systems that support symbolic links), whether
  411. .Nm
  412. will attempt to follow symlinks or not.
  413. If set, then
  414. .Nm
  415. follows symlink, otherwise it does not.
  416. This is also controlled by the
  417. .Fl L
  418. and
  419. .Fl h
  420. options.
  421. .Sh FILES
  422. .Bl -tag -width __MAGIC__.mgc -compact
  423. .It Pa __MAGIC__.mgc
  424. Default compiled list of magic.
  425. .It Pa __MAGIC__
  426. Directory containing default magic files.
  427. .El
  428. .Sh EXIT STATUS
  429. .Nm
  430. will exit with
  431. .Dv 0
  432. if the operation was successful or
  433. .Dv >0
  434. if an error was encountered.
  435. The following errors cause diagnostic messages, but don't affect the program
  436. exit code (as POSIX requires), unless
  437. .Fl E
  438. is specified:
  439. .Bl -bullet -compact -offset indent
  440. .It
  441. A file cannot be found
  442. .It
  443. There is no permission to read a file
  444. .It
  445. The file type cannot be determined
  446. .El
  447. .Sh EXAMPLES
  448. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  449. $ file file.c file /dev/{wd0a,hda}
  450. file.c: C program text
  451. file: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV),
  452. dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped
  453. /dev/wd0a: block special (0/0)
  454. /dev/hda: block special (3/0)
  455. $ file -s /dev/wd0{b,d}
  456. /dev/wd0b: data
  457. /dev/wd0d: x86 boot sector
  458. $ file -s /dev/hda{,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}
  459. /dev/hda: x86 boot sector
  460. /dev/hda1: Linux/i386 ext2 filesystem
  461. /dev/hda2: x86 boot sector
  462. /dev/hda3: x86 boot sector, extended partition table
  463. /dev/hda4: Linux/i386 ext2 filesystem
  464. /dev/hda5: Linux/i386 swap file
  465. /dev/hda6: Linux/i386 swap file
  466. /dev/hda7: Linux/i386 swap file
  467. /dev/hda8: Linux/i386 swap file
  468. /dev/hda9: empty
  469. /dev/hda10: empty
  470. $ file -i file.c file /dev/{wd0a,hda}
  471. file.c: text/x-c
  472. file: application/x-executable
  473. /dev/hda: application/x-not-regular-file
  474. /dev/wd0a: application/x-not-regular-file
  475. .Ed
  476. .Sh SEE ALSO
  477. .Xr hexdump 1 ,
  478. .Xr od 1 ,
  479. .Xr strings 1 ,
  480. .Xr magic __FSECTION__
  482. This program is believed to exceed the System V Interface Definition
  483. of FILE(CMD), as near as one can determine from the vague language
  484. contained therein.
  485. Its behavior is mostly compatible with the System V program of the same name.
  486. This version knows more magic, however, so it will produce
  487. different (albeit more accurate) output in many cases.
  488. .\" URL:
  489. .Pp
  490. The one significant difference
  491. between this version and System V
  492. is that this version treats any white space
  493. as a delimiter, so that spaces in pattern strings must be escaped.
  494. For example,
  495. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  496. \*[Gt]10 string language impress\ (imPRESS data)
  497. .Ed
  498. .Pp
  499. in an existing magic file would have to be changed to
  500. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  501. \*[Gt]10 string language\e impress (imPRESS data)
  502. .Ed
  503. .Pp
  504. In addition, in this version, if a pattern string contains a backslash,
  505. it must be escaped.
  506. For example
  507. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  508. 0 string \ebegindata Andrew Toolkit document
  509. .Ed
  510. .Pp
  511. in an existing magic file would have to be changed to
  512. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  513. 0 string \e\ebegindata Andrew Toolkit document
  514. .Ed
  515. .Pp
  516. SunOS releases 3.2 and later from Sun Microsystems include a
  517. .Nm
  518. command derived from the System V one, but with some extensions.
  519. This version differs from Sun's only in minor ways.
  520. It includes the extension of the
  521. .Sq \*[Am]
  522. operator, used as,
  523. for example,
  524. .Bd -literal -offset indent
  525. \*[Gt]16 long\*[Am]0x7fffffff \*[Gt]0 not stripped
  526. .Ed
  527. .Sh SECURITY
  528. On systems where libseccomp
  529. .Pa ( )
  530. is available,
  531. .Nm
  532. is enforces limiting system calls to only the ones necessary for the
  533. operation of the program.
  534. This enforcement does not provide any security benefit when
  535. .Nm
  536. is asked to decompress input files running external programs with
  537. the
  538. .Fl z
  539. option.
  540. To enable execution of external decompressors, one needs to disable
  541. sandboxing using the
  542. .Fl S
  543. flag.
  545. The magic file entries have been collected from various sources,
  546. mainly USENET, and contributed by various authors.
  547. Christos Zoulas (address below) will collect additional
  548. or corrected magic file entries.
  549. A consolidation of magic file entries
  550. will be distributed periodically.
  551. .Pp
  552. The order of entries in the magic file is significant.
  553. Depending on what system you are using, the order that
  554. they are put together may be incorrect.
  555. If your old
  556. .Nm
  557. command uses a magic file,
  558. keep the old magic file around for comparison purposes
  559. (rename it to
  560. .Pa __MAGIC__.orig ) .
  561. .Sh HISTORY
  562. There has been a
  563. .Nm
  564. command in every
  565. .Dv UNIX since at least Research Version 4
  566. (man page dated November, 1973).
  567. The System V version introduced one significant major change:
  568. the external list of magic types.
  569. This slowed the program down slightly but made it a lot more flexible.
  570. .Pp
  571. This program, based on the System V version,
  572. was written by Ian Darwin
  573. .Aq
  574. without looking at anybody else's source code.
  575. .Pp
  576. John Gilmore revised the code extensively, making it better than
  577. the first version.
  578. Geoff Collyer found several inadequacies
  579. and provided some magic file entries.
  580. Contributions of the
  581. .Sq \*[Am]
  582. operator by Rob McMahon,
  583. .Aq ,
  584. 1989.
  585. .Pp
  586. Guy Harris,
  587. .Aq ,
  588. made many changes from 1993 to the present.
  589. .Pp
  590. Primary development and maintenance from 1990 to the present by
  591. Christos Zoulas
  592. .Aq .
  593. .Pp
  594. Altered by Chris Lowth
  595. .Aq ,
  596. 2000: handle the
  597. .Fl i
  598. option to output mime type strings, using an alternative
  599. magic file and internal logic.
  600. .Pp
  601. Altered by Eric Fischer
  602. .Aq ,
  603. July, 2000,
  604. to identify character codes and attempt to identify the languages
  605. of non-ASCII files.
  606. .Pp
  607. Altered by Reuben Thomas
  608. .Aq ,
  609. 2007-2011, to improve MIME support, merge MIME and non-MIME magic,
  610. support directories as well as files of magic, apply many bug fixes,
  611. update and fix a lot of magic, improve the build system, improve the
  612. documentation, and rewrite the Python bindings in pure Python.
  613. .Pp
  614. The list of contributors to the
  615. .Sq magic
  616. directory (magic files)
  617. is too long to include here.
  618. You know who you are; thank you.
  619. Many contributors are listed in the source files.
  621. Copyright (c) Ian F. Darwin, Toronto, Canada, 1986-1999.
  622. Covered by the standard Berkeley Software Distribution copyright; see the file
  623. COPYING in the source distribution.
  624. .Pp
  625. The files
  626. .Pa tar.h
  627. and
  628. .Pa is_tar.c
  629. were written by John Gilmore from his public-domain
  630. .Xr tar 1
  631. program, and are not covered by the above license.
  632. .Sh BUGS
  633. Please report bugs and send patches to the bug tracker at
  634. .Pa
  635. or the mailing list at
  636. .Aq
  637. (visit
  638. .Pa
  639. first to subscribe).
  640. .Sh TODO
  641. Fix output so that tests for MIME and APPLE flags are not needed all
  642. over the place, and actual output is only done in one place.
  643. This needs a design.
  644. Suggestion: push possible outputs on to a list, then pick the
  645. last-pushed (most specific, one hopes) value at the end, or
  646. use a default if the list is empty.
  647. This should not slow down evaluation.
  648. .Pp
  649. The handling of
  651. and printing \e012- between entries is clumsy and complicated; refactor
  652. and centralize.
  653. .Pp
  654. Some of the encoding logic is hard-coded in encoding.c and can be moved
  655. to the magic files if we had a !:charset annotation
  656. .Pp
  657. Continue to squash all magic bugs.
  658. See Debian BTS for a good source.
  659. .Pp
  660. Store arbitrarily long strings, for example for %s patterns, so that
  661. they can be printed out.
  662. Fixes Debian bug #271672.
  663. This can be done by allocating strings in a string pool, storing the
  664. string pool at the end of the magic file and converting all the string
  665. pointers to relative offsets from the string pool.
  666. .Pp
  667. Add syntax for relative offsets after current level (Debian bug #466037).
  668. .Pp
  669. Make file -ki work, i.e. give multiple MIME types.
  670. .Pp
  671. Add a zip library so we can peek inside Office2007 documents to
  672. print more details about their contents.
  673. .Pp
  674. Add an option to print URLs for the sources of the file descriptions.
  675. .Pp
  676. Combine script searches and add a way to map executable names to MIME
  677. types (e.g. have a magic value for !:mime which causes the resulting
  678. string to be looked up in a table).
  679. This would avoid adding the same magic repeatedly for each new
  680. hash-bang interpreter.
  681. .Pp
  682. When a file descriptor is available, we can skip and adjust the buffer
  683. instead of the hacky buffer management we do now.
  684. .Pp
  685. Fix
  686. .Dq name
  687. and
  688. .Dq use
  689. to check for consistency at compile time (duplicate
  690. .Dq name ,
  691. .Dq use
  692. pointing to undefined
  693. .Dq name
  694. ).
  695. Make
  696. .Dq name
  697. /
  698. .Dq use
  699. more efficient by keeping a sorted list of names.
  700. Special-case ^ to flip endianness in the parser so that it does not
  701. have to be escaped, and document it.
  702. .Pp
  703. If the offsets specified internally in the file exceed the buffer size
  704. (
  705. .Dv HOWMANY
  706. variable in file.h), then we don't seek to that offset, but we give up.
  707. It would be better if buffer managements was done when the file descriptor
  708. is available so move around the file.
  709. One must be careful though because this has performance (and thus security
  710. considerations).
  712. You can obtain the original author's latest version by anonymous FTP
  713. on
  714. .Pa
  715. in the directory
  716. .Pa /pub/file/file-X.YZ.tar.gz .