Binary IO

Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk qrczak at
Sat Apr 23 17:28:32 EDT 2005

David Menendez <zednenem at> writes:

>> With regard to the last three points, byte I/O isn't just for binary
>> files. It's equally useful for "8-bit text" I/O, i.e. the historical
>> Unix (and ANSI C stdio) model, where and you just shuffle bytes
>> around without paying attention to the encoding.
> So, how does this work on an EBCDIC system where 0x0a is Start Manual
> Message and line feed is 0x25?

Unix doesn't use EBCDIC. Data in encodings not compatible with ASCII
must be converted because most programs can do anything with them.

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