On 11 Apr 2002 at 16:56, Gustavo Niemeyer wrote:
How can you reliably update a file if there's no obvious mapping between file position and character position?
If you're updating a text file, the relation is probably about line position, not file position.
That's in the logical file. In the physical file, there may be 1 or 2 character line endings. Mixed. So knowing I want line 7 doesn't help me seek to it on disk.
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