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Date: 2004-05-26 (09:56)
From: Remi Vanicat <remi.vanicat@l...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] unix.chop_extension
Xavier Leroy <xavier.leroy@inria.fr> writes:


>> There's one extra thing I'd like to point out. We have the 
>> chop_extension function. Why in the world is there no find_extension 
>> function?
>> find_extension "foo.bar" --> "bar"
> Why in the world would that be generally useful?  Remember, we don't
> shoot for completeness (it's unattainable anyway), just for
> usefulness.

Well, it usefull when one want to use a different parser (or more
generally a different "file reader) for different type file (gif,
jpg,...), or launch a different helper program for different type of
file. (Well, I agree that the usage of a "magic number" is a better
way to do it, but the usage of the extension is easier).

Rémi Vanicat

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