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On Feb 21, 2014, at 4:48 PM, René Rebe <> wrote:

On Feb 21, 2014, at 22:29 , wrote:

I was curious how Python would handle this evil and non portable mess:

    $ cat
    from string import printable

    f = open('foo', 'w')
    for i in range(0, 5):

    f = open('foo', 'r')
    for l in f.readlines():
        print ''.join(c if c in printable else '.' for c in l),

    $ python

Instead of doing it right, look for others who do it worse?

It's not doing it worse, it's doing exactly as you would expect. Each line is returned with the embedded '\0'. That's what you expected from Lua, no?