openFile and text mode vs. binary mode

Graham Klyne
Tue, 10 Jun 2003 11:27:45 +0100

At 10:33 10/06/03 +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
>     hSetBinaryMode :: Handle -> Bool -> IO ()

What (of any real value) is lost by fixing the IO mode at the point of 
obtaining the handle?  I'm guessing that having an option to change the 
mode later may at best create additional work, and maybe even create 
inconsistencies in behaviours on different systems.


Graham Klyne
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