[linux-audio-user] determining filetype of unknownaudio files?

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 20:14:33 EDT 2005

sndfile-info if it understands the format. It's pretty good in my experience.


On 10/6/05, Matt Price <matt.price at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I just discovered two very ancient audio files on my computer.  I am
> pretty sure they contain some interesting archival material in which I
> am very interested ... but I can't get them to play.  The problem is
> that I don't know what format they're in -- I created them a number of
> years ago on a mac, and I no longer remember how -- maybe using
> protools?  or maybe someone else made them for me in some other
> format?  Anyway, when I copied them over to linux (eons ago!) I must
> have lost the resouce forks, and there are no standard .xxx file codes
> on the file names.  I tried just loading the files in xmms and
> audacity, but neither recognizes them (well, audacity sees one of the
> two files as a very short burst of static, but the other it can't
> recognize.  I also tried:
> cat Audio1-01 > /dev/dsp, which of course gave an incoherent squeal.
> nevertheless I'm pretty confident they really are audio files.
> soooo... what tools would you suggest I use to determine the file's
> origins and type?
> thanks,
> matt

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