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MAGIC might be a bad name

From: Marc Espie
Subject: MAGIC might be a bad name
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 20:34:37 +0200

I've run into trouble getting correct results out of file on an old version
of libtool. 

Checking the development source, I see the problem still exists:

all BSD versions of files do heed MAGIC, as an environment variable that
says where /usr/bin/file should take its magic.


So, using it to store file name breaks the whole thing. It is still
possible to work around this by setting MAGIC to 'env -i file' and
similar thingies, but this is a gotcha.

It ought to be possible to use another name instead...

        Marc Espie              
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