On 07/30/2009 08:53 AM, Peter Ford wrote:

Have you tried using 'file -i' from the command line: after all you are looking
for a MIME type with your fileinfo...

Having said that, with file -i on my system, Word documents are
'application/msword' and Excel files are 'application/octet-stream'

Fedora11 (

$ file excel.xls
excel.xls: CDF V2 Document, Little Endian, Os: Windows, Version 5.1, Code page: 1252, Author: ??????????????????????????, Last Saved By: ELAN, Name of Creating Application: Microsoft Excel, Last Printed: Sun Nov 6 18:04:20 2005, Create Time/Date: Tue Nov 1 02:56:47 2005, Security: 0

$ file -i excel.xls
excel.xls: application/vnd.ms-excel; charset=binary

Using 5.2.9, the OP's script prints:
application/vnd.ms-excel; charset=binary

I wonder if the problem lies with the documents themselves. Last May, I posted a msg here about how FileInfo was reporting back "application/msword application/msword" for some (but not all) Word docs. I never received a reply about it but came up with a hack to split on the space, if present.

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