>> 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

Red Hat 4.1.2-14

$ file excel.xls
excel.xls: Microsoft Office Document

I'm not getting all that extra information.

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

$file -i excel.xls
excel.xls: application/msword

> 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.

I saw that post and that is something we are getting occasionally as
well.  And it may perhaps be an issue with the documents themselves.
As I stated in a post I just made, the excel document I'm looking at
was created using Office 2007 for the Mac.


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