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2014-02-21 17:23 GMT+02:00 Javier Guerra Giraldez <>:
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Dirk Laurie <> wrote:
>> For me, only text files have lines
> i concur.
> i would even accept if io.lines() raised an error if called with a
> file that wasn't opened in text mode.
> of course, i much prefer the contract to be clearly stated "due to the
> underlying old C implementation, embedded control characters can make
> it return wrong results.  if you need to read binary data, use
> file:read()"

In fact: `data = file:read"*a"; file:close()`. We're not living in the era
of punched cards and tape drives and 64K main memory any more.