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Re: UNIX/Linux text files

Dragan Cvetkovic said:
> Adam Funk <a24061@yahoo.com> writes:
>> On Tuesday 20 April 2004 13:50, John Hasler wrote:
>>> Ciaran writes:
>>>> Karsten probably answered the question you meant to ask, not the
>>>> question you did ask
>>> And the pendantically correct answer is that Unix and Linux do not
>>> have
>>> text files.  All Unix/Linux files are binary.
>> Yes, but -T and -B tests in Perl know the difference!
> According to the "Programming Perl" book, this works as follows: "The
> first block or so of the file is examined for odd characters such as
> strange control codes or metacharacters. If too many odd characters
> (>10%) are found, it's -B file, otherwise it's a -T file".
> So, basically, Perl is cheating.

The file command uses magic to figure it out. Is that any better?


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