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Reads in only part of file

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  • Subject: [mg51155] Reads in only part of file
  • From: Steve Gray <stevebg at>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 04:34:50 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I have a binary file of 945 coordinates, in X,Y pairs, each value being 8 bits, for 1890
bytes total. I have examined the file with a hex file display and editor (which shows the file as 2
hex characters per byte) and confirms that the file contains exactly the expected number of bytes.
My input process is:

roswin[nv_]:=  Module[{st1}, 
         nverts = nv; 
         st1="D:\Math\Geometry\Combinatorial Geom\Oswin\Otypes\otypes07.b08";
         Print["Reading file: ",st1];

The file opens ok but the input list xin contains only 230 coordinate pairs (byte pairs) instead of
945. The values that do read in are correct. The {Byte,Byte} seems to be the only data type that
works here. Can anyone suggest what I am doing wrong? (Do I have to Close st1?) Thank you for any

Steve Gray

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