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It was thus said that the Great Dirk Laurie once stated:
> 2018-02-23 16:46 GMT+02:00 Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <>:
> >> "u": reads one or more bytes forming one UTF-8 character, and returns
> >> that character as a string. Returns nil if the file at the current
> >> position does not start with a valid UTF-8 sequence.
> >
> > Can this be done without having to unget more than one byte from the stream?
> My rough workaround in Lua is this:
> function readutf8(f)
>   local pos = f:seek()
>   local len = math.min(4,f:seek"end"-pos)
>   f:seek("set",pos)
>   local buf = f:read(len)
>   while utf8.len(buf)~=1 and #buf>1 do buf = buf:sub(1,-2) end
>   if utf8.len(buf)==1 then
>     f:seek("set",pos+#buf)
>     return buf
>   end
>   f:seek("set",pos)
> end

  Just a note---you cannot seek on non-files like stdin (that has not been
redirected) or a network connection.  This function can therefore loose data
on such files.