how exactly do binary files work in python?
grante at visi.com
Mon Mar 13 05:58:36 CET 2006
On 2006-03-13, Alex Martelli <aleaxit at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Grant Edwards <grante at visi.com> wrote:
>> > What does a binary file do that a text file doesn't, aside
>> > from not converting the end of line characters?
>> Nothing. It's the end-of-line conversion that can break binary
> I believe that a "control-Z" (ord(26)) in a file that's being read as
> text, on Windows, is also taken as an end-of-file indication.
Ah yes. IIRC, that's left over from CP/M, where the filesystem
didn't keep a file length for files other than a block count.
It was up to the application(s) to keep track of where in that
last block the "real" data ended.
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