mapping files to objects

Mike McDonald
Tue, 06 May 1997 13:12:13 -0700

>To: Luca Pisati <>
>Subject: Re: mapping files to objects 
>Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 14:45:27 -0500

>Whatever we do, I want to make sure that it's possible for me to determine 
>that the files in /var/spool/mail are mbox files w/o having to put anything 
>additional in that directory.

  If the first 5 characters in the file are "From ", there's a VERY
good chance that it is a mbox. You don't actually know until you try
to parse it as an mbox though. That's the only reliable way to know

  Mike McDonald