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- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: file
- From: Woodchuck <djv_(_at_)_bedford_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 16:15:35 -0400 (EDT)
On Thu, 6 Jun 2002, christer solstrand johannessen wrote:
> hi again :)
> when i run file (with or without any arguments), i get this output:
> # file
> file: offset head 1.1; invalid
> file: type head 1.1; invalid
> file: offset access; invalid
> file: type access; invalid
> file: offset OPENBSD_2_1_BASE:1.1; invalid
> file: type OPENBSD_2_1_BASE:1.1; invalid
> file: offset locks; strict; invalid
> file: type locks; strict; invalid
> file: offset comment @# @; invalid
> file: type comment @# @; invalid
> file: type .1 invalid
> file: offset date 97.02.09.22.49.03; author millert; state
> Exp; invalid
> file: offset branches; invalid
> file: type branches; invalid
> file: type @Updated from NetBSD. invalid
> file: offset @ invalid
> ...and it repeats itself for a couple thousand lines... anybody
> have a clue what causes this? i recon the file program is busted
> in one or more ways; should i compile userland again?
The errors are providing *powerful* hints about what's wrong.
No amount of recompilation will cure it. I believe that the
/etc/magic file is broken.
How is it broken? Those errors appear to be the contents of a
cvs/rcs/sccs/(some other version control system) file. My bet is
that you have somehow extracted "/etc/RCS/magic,v" (or something
similar) in place of /etc/magic. Look at /etc/magic. The first
few lines should be:
$ head /etc/magic
# $OpenBSD: Header,v 1.5 1997/04/03 17:39:38 kstailey Exp $
# Magic data for file(1) command.
# Machine-genererated from src/usr.bin/file/magdir/*; edit there only!
# Format is described in magic(files), where:
# files is 4 on V7 and BSD, 4 on SV, and ?? in the SVID.
# Localstuff: file(1) magic for locally observed files
I would scratch my head and figure out what you did wrong with
your last cvs run, or perhaps you have mistyped "ci" for "vi"?
Exercise: <as unprivileged user>
[listread_(_at_)_pollux listread]$ cd /tmp
[listread_(_at_)_pollux tmp]$ cp /etc/magic .
[listread_(_at_)_pollux tmp]$ ci magic
magic,v <-- magic
enter description, terminated with single '.' or end of file:
NOTE: This is NOT the log message!
>> Some STUFF from Woodchuck
initial revision: 1.1
[listread_(_at_)_pollux tmp]$ ls -l mag*
-r--r--r-- 1 listread wheel 144602 Jun 6 16:12 magic,v
[listread_(_at_)_pollux tmp]$ head magic,v
comment @# @;
date 2002.06.06.20.12.16; author listread; state Exp;
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