Hi,

Am Mittwoch, 22. Aug 2007, 08:51:17 +0900 schrieb Michael T. Richter:
> On Wed, 2007-22-08 at 08:13 +0900, Bertram Scharpf wrote:
> 
> > The distinction between "text" and "binary" is the archetype
> > misdesign in DOS and Windows. 
> 
> And this explains the distinction between opening binary vs. opening
> text in UNIX APIs since *LONG* before MS-DOS how?
> 
> MS-DOS was a hack off of a CP/M clone for the new 8086 processor and, as
> such, inherited CP/M's approach to text files (and command line
> switches) which itself was inherited from IBM's (and others') various
> operating systems.
> 
> So the system that had to do it different?  Wasn't Microsoft's.  Nor
> even IBM's.  UNIX was the one that had to be different from everybody
> else.  And it is UNIX that is to blame for this artificial text/binary
> file distinction.

You're right. I almost forgot that. It's not fair to imply
MS invented anything.

Bertram


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