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The libwww-perl collection is a set of Perl modules which provides a simple and consistent application programming interface to the World-Wide Web. The main focus of the library is to provide classes and functions that allow you to write WWW clients. The library also contain modules that are of more general use and even classes that help you imp…
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    LWP::MediaTypes - guess media type for a file or a URL

     use LWP::MediaTypes qw(guess_media_type);
     $type = guess_media_type("/tmp/foo.gif");

    This module provides functions for handling media (also known as MIME)
    types and encodings. The mapping from file extensions to media types is
    defined by the media.types file. If the ~/.media.types file exists it is
    used instead. For backwards compatibility we will also look for

    The following functions are exported by default:

    guess_media_type( $filename )
    guess_media_type( $uri )
    guess_media_type( $filename_or_uri, $header_to_modify )
        This function tries to guess media type and encoding for a file or a
        URI. It returns the content type, which is a string like
        `"text/html"'. In array context it also returns any content
        encodings applied (in the order used to encode the file). You can
        pass a URI object reference, instead of the file name.

        If the type can not be deduced from looking at the file name, then
        guess_media_type() will let the `-T' Perl operator take a look. If
        this works (and `-T' returns a TRUE value) then we return
        *text/plain* as the type, otherwise we return
        *application/octet-stream* as the type.

        The optional second argument should be a reference to a
        HTTP::Headers object or any object that implements the $obj->header
        method in a similar way. When it is present the values of the
        'Content-Type' and 'Content-Encoding' will be set for this header.

    media_suffix( $type, ... )
        This function will return all suffixes that can be used to denote
        the specified media type(s). Wildcard types can be used. In a scalar
        context it will return the first suffix found. Examples:

          @suffixes = media_suffix('image/*', 'audio/basic');
          $suffix = media_suffix('text/html');

    The following functions are only exported by explicit request:

    add_type( $type, @exts )
        Associate a list of file extensions with the given media type.

            add_type("x-world/x-vrml" => qw(wrl vrml));

    add_encoding( $type, @ext )
        Associate a list of file extensions with an encoding type. Example:

         add_encoding("x-gzip" => "gz");

    read_media_types( @files )
        Parse media types files and add the type mappings found there.


    Copyright 1995-1999 Gisle Aas.

    This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
    under the same terms as Perl itself.

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