How to bypass Windows 'cooking' the I/O? (One more time, please) II

Iain King iainking at
Mon Jul 7 11:56:01 CEST 2008

On Jul 7, 10:18 am, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfr... at> wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Jul 2008 01:03:10 -0700, norseman <norse... at>
> declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:
> >  > Normal file I/O sequence:
> >  > fp = open(target, 'wb')
> >  >, 2)
> >  > fp.write(record)
> >    Except it doesn't do that in Windows. See below.
>         I wouldn't expect that sequence to work on any system... The "w"
> implies "create new file, or truncate existing file to 0-bytes, then
> write data to it" -- with no seeking permitted. You must include the "+"
> to do seeking, and if you want to retain the existing file contents you
> probably need to open with "a+" ("a" for append).
>         The rest of your situation I won't touch. Other than to wonder why
> the situation hasn't hit any of the various database servers which must
> be operating in binary mode, and perform lots of seeking... Surely
> somewhere out someone else must have encountered a seek crossing an
> apparent <cr><eof> mark (which isn't a normal Windows sequence anyway --
> since Windows uses <cr><lf> for EOL, I'd have expected to see a problem
> if backing over a <cr><lf><eof>)
> --
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lol @ op not finding the answer to his question in the archives, then
being answered again by someone who doesn't let his answer go in the
archive.  How useful.

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