Todd Pederzani wrote:
Carl-Adam Brengesjö wrote:
And all other suggestions for deciding filetype have been so far to
have it being based on filextensions, wich is not the same!
The best suggestion so far is to leave the current system of file types
(where a type is some set of file extensions) in place.
Again: what does using MIME types gain us over file extensions?
Guessing MIME types are done by look on the actual data, not just the
name of the file. And therefor searching for a particular file extension
should be done in the filename pattern. So if you want to search for the
of file, file extension are no good.
Using MIME types allows the user to search for the _type_
fileextension, and I say again. If you want to search for the file
extension: use the filename pattern!
I searched on DC now for rar files, using filename pattern "." and
`filetype' compressed. What I got was *.zip and *.rar, but what with
*.r01, *.r02 (etc) ? Using mime types here would return _all_
are rar files.
Sure, we could basically recreate/port the unix way of guessing mime
type, but... why? It gains us nothing, and it adds complexity and
uncertainty. Not all will handle MIME guessing the same, so you've just
introduced interoperability issues.
Not all clients will decide filetypes on extension either. When I did my
search described above - I got 7 (SEVEN!!) hits on directories that
ended with ".ra", and therefor treated as compressed files (the clients
who responded used DC++ 0.303, is this fixed in newer releases?).
I say again, filetypes with mime decides the type depending on the
, what it contains. File extension is basicly just a cheap
trick to `know' it's type even before the file has been opened, and can
therefor be easily faked - or mistaken.
But I seem to be the only one that likes the idea with mime types, and
everyone is fighting against me on the subject... `resistance is futile'
- at least it seems to be :(
I have to say same thing over and over in this matter (with different
words) and either is it you that don't understand what I'm saying, or
it's me who doesn't understand what I want to be said (or needed to be
said) :/ either way we are not making any progress. I give up! :p