[Tutor] file.read() doesn't give full contents of compressed files

Kent Johnson kent37 at tds.net
Tue Feb 20 14:29:51 CET 2007

Barton David wrote:
> Oh... of course. Thanks and sorry for missing the bleeding obvious.
> Mind you, when reading in 'txt mode' rather than binary, len() actually
> gives a much *smaller* size than getsize. Does the conversion into txt
> happen to introduce some sort of terminator character that stops
> file.read() from going to the end?

Actually, yes. A ctrl-Z is treated as an end-of-file when reading a file 
in text mode on Windows.


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