[Numpy-discussion] Re: Numeric - fromfile ?

Scott David Daniels Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org
Tue Aug 23 11:57:53 EDT 2005

Arnd Baecker wrote:
  and bunch of good stuff, and
> ...
>     fp=file("x.dat","wb")
>     io.fwrite(fp,len(x),x)
>     fp.close()
> ...
>     # --- and read them back
>     fp=file("x.dat","rb")
>     x_read=io.fread(fp,10,"d")
>     fp.close()
> Remark: `"wb"` and `"rb"` is only needed under Windows,
> normally `"w"` and `"r"` would be enough.

This is only true if you are talking about Unix/Linux vs.
Windows.  There are other systems where the 'b' is necessary,
and even where it makes no difference it explicitly states
your intent.  So, I'd always use "wb" or "rb" in these
cases.  On some filesystems, (VMS comes to mind) a text file
is a completely different format from a binary file.

--Scott David Daniels
Scott.Daniels at Acm.Org

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