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James E Keenan via RT
July 12, 2016 13:59
[perl #128607] POD: sysseek
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On Tue Jul 12 02:56:05 2016, wrote:
> This is a bug report for perl from,
> generated with the help of perlbug 1.40 running under perl 5.24.0.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> The POD for sysseek [perldoc -f sysseek] appears to me to have an
> error.  In the second stanza it says
> Note the in bytes: even if the filehandle has been set to operate
> on characters (for example by using the ":encoding(utf8)" I/O
> layer), "tell" will return byte offsets, not character offsets
> (because implementing that would render "sysseek" unacceptably
> slow).
> Where it says "tell" I think it should say "sysseek".  I suspect
> it shouldn't mention 'tell' at all, other than in the following
> stanza.

The text here is almost identical to a paragraph also found in pod/perlfunc.pod for 'tell' (perldoc -f tell).  I'm pinging the last committer to this section of the code to investigate.

Thank you very much.

James E Keenan (

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