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> On 21.02.2014, at 19:28, Dirk Laurie <> wrote:
> 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.

And that is a reason to cripple another API function?

Sent on the go - Germany.