Eric I dream of a tool which will tell me what obscure (or not so obscure) data structuring format something is stored in just by copy-pasting in the file contents. This would be very useful when a custom file-ext is being used (eg. saveGames). This tool probably already exists in multiple forms, right now I'm trying to figure something which looks like JSON & XML at once.
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Mark Dain Sounds like file(1) to me? "file <filename>" will determine (with disturbing accuracy) what kind of file it is. Here's the man page:
Martijn Isn't that mostly based on magic numbers though? If is talking about data files stored in basic ASCII there is no way to discern JSON from CSV without parsing the data in some way. I don't believe `file` does that?