Some web servers IIS in particular when running in windows give a character 
count for \r\n as one character.  In binary mode, this does not happen \r\n 
are reported as two bytes.

Ernie
At 13:51 1/12/2001 +0900, you wrote:
>What is IO#binmode for exactly? (Yes, I know it puts a
>stream in binary mode.) I notice that it's only for Windows...
>
>Hal

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