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Re: searching non plain text files

> On Dec 14, 2018, at 11:19 PM, Jeffry Killen <jekillen@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Can anyone point me to instruction/advice about
> opening and reading files that are not plain text:


I don’t know if this will help you, but most “honest” files have a header that states what it is.

Try using a hex-editor app and observing the first 10 characters in their headers (i.e., start of the file). For example, a PDF file will state ‘PDF’, a jpg will state ’JFIF’, a rtf file will state ‘rtf’, a zip file will state ‘PK”, a png will state ‘PNG”, and so on.

From that observation, you might try working with bin2hex or dechex and other such bin/hex functions PHP provides to check what the file type is in the header and what it reports itself to be in the extension. 

Additionally, you can always Google it.



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