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Re: [Chicken-users] open-input-file and binary mode

From: Michele La Monaca
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] open-input-file and binary mode
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:35:15 +0200

On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM, John Cowan <address@hidden> wrote:
> Michele La Monaca scripsit:
>> I think it would be better to change open-input-file default mode to binary.
> Over my dead body.  The last thing I want is random CRs in text files.

Can you elaborate this sentence, please?

AFAICT, Posix systems treat text files as binaries even if you don't
explicitly say so. Windows does not.

>> While Posix systems doesn't care, on non-Posix ones ftell and fseek
>> might not work properly.
> In practice the only non-Posix system is raw Windows (i.e. non-Cygwin),
> and ftell and fseek work fine.

Microsoft doesn't think so: and I believe my
example was a clear indication of that.


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