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Problem opening some patches pasted from list

May 7, 2007 | 7:08 pm

Looking through my folder of patches copy/pasted from the list, there are
one or two that will only open as text; even if I try to copy the text and
select ‘new from clipboard’ they still open as text.
When opened as as text, I can see nothing that distinguishes those that
will open as patches from those that wont, and both types have the same
icon, .pat extension etc.
Examining them with InfoDrop, I see that the file type and creator of both
types is ‘TEXT’ and ‘max2′, but there is one difference; one’s ‘Magic Type’
is shown as being ‘data’, whereas the other is shown as being ‘ASCII text,
with CR line terminators’ – it’s the latter that will open as patches.
(interestingly, I just downloaded a newer version of InfoDrop which gives
both files’ Magic Type as ‘Max Binary File’)
So wtf is the ‘Magic Type’, and is it significant here, and – most
importantly – how can I get the ‘text only’ files to open as Max patches ?

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