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>> On 21.02.2014, at 19:23, Javier Guerra Giraldez <> wrote:
>> 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()"

Which is again simply not true, the underlying old c implementation reads it just fine.

And oh the irony: first advertising strings with zeros support in the language and then making it unnecessarily harder to actually read them without any technical reason.

> -- 
> Javier

Sent on the go - Germany.