From: Kent Karlsson (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Mar 25 2003 - 11:43:34 EST
> In that case, removing the BOM that would end up somewhere in the
> middle is the natural thing to do, just as removing the EOF marker
> at the end of the first file is.
There is no "EOF marker" at the end of a file. At least not in
in modern file systems. There is no NULL, CTRL-Z, or CTRL-D
or anything similar signifying the end of a file. Such "characters"
can be part of a file, though. Also text files. Not just at the end,
> I'm not going into the implementation part; just pointing out that
> this issue is not something an operating system can ignore.
"cat" and "cp" can and shall ignore it. They are octet-level
file operations, attaching no semantics to the octets. Try "iconv".
> Pim Blokland
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