Binary vs non-binary
Kiyo Kelvin Lee
kiyolee*remove* at ctimail.com
Sat Nov 27 12:35:28 CET 1999
Binary file is only applicable in DOS/Windows. File opened in binary mode
will treat CR and LF as 2 separate characters while in text mode CR and LF
will be translated into a single CR. It's an old "feature" of C compilers
"Gerrit Holl" <gerrit.holl at pobox.com> wrote in message
news:19991127103504.A1536 at stopcontact.palga.uucp...
> can someone explain me the difference in opening a file in binary mode
> and opening it not in binary mode? And when is some file defined to be
> binary, when it contains an ASCII 0? If so, I understand you need to say
> it's binary in C, but if Python doesn't store it strings with an ASCII 0
> on the end, why is there any difference?
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