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H.Merijn Brand
September 7, 2013 08:22
Re: [perl #113994] [META] seek and tell operate on bytes
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On Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:51:14 +0200, Leon Timmermans <>

> 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.

iso-6937/2 is another. And I never found tuits to make that into

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

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