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Re: [perl #113994] [META] seek and tell operate on bytes

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Leon Timmermans
September 7, 2013 07:51
Re: [perl #113994] [META] seek and tell operate on bytes
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On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 3:35 AM, Ricardo Signes <>wrote:

> My understanding is that there exist encodings where we cannot so easily
> determine our position (whether we are mid-sequence or not).  I don't know
> of
> any off hand, though.  What about those?  I really think the answer is
> going to
> be along the lines of "the layer can try to help tell you that you messed
> up,
> but don't *do* that.

iso-2022 is the most notorious one, though I'm not sure people use it
outside of MIME. Shift-JIS is another one. Though even UTF-16 can have the
issue if you're silly enough to do an odd seek.

This is all very "Doctor, it hurts when I press here" to me.


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