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> As such, since text files on disk in most current filesystems do not
> carry encoding metadata, it isn't a bug to put a BOM at the beginning
> of a UTF-8 text file.

It is a bug in the spec, in the sense that it breaks the main raison
d'être of utf-8 (being compatible with ascii).

> However, it IS a bug to put a BOM before a #! because the shebang
> protocol demands that the first two bytes of the file be 0x23 0x21.

This illustrates my point...

-- Roberto