[R] Mac OS 9 and file type/creator

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Thu Oct 31 15:57:01 CET 2002

On Wed, 30 Oct 2002, Jan de Leeuw wrote:

> Although many people deplore this, OS X writes flat files as well and
> derives
> type/creator information from the name of the file. So foo.pdf is known
> to be
> a pdf file and the finder knows that pdf files must be opened with
> AcroRead
> or Preview or whatever you set in your preferences. This is the
> classical
> MIME-type scheme, less flexible, more simple.

I don't see how it can be that simple -- some of my PDF files think they
belong to Acrobat, and some think they belong to Preview.


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