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Problem with ReadList[]

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  • Subject: [mg5211] Problem with ReadList[]
  • From: hamusk at (hamusk at
  • Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 03:22:34 -0500
  • Organization: UNCC
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

When reading in data from a file like this;


to create a 100x100 array (from a 10000 byte long file), I find that if 
Mathematica encounters the value 26 (0x1A) it chokes and treats the value 26 
and all values after it as 'End of File' .  Also there is a problem in that it 
seems to sometimes add bytes that do not exist in the file.  For instance once 
this happened:  I loaded a file and did


I got back 

104 98 29 53 5 53 90 97 5 57 27

When I looked directly (hex editor) at the data, the first row of bytes was

104 98 29 53 90 97 5 57 27

Very strange!

For some reason, Mathematica added the values 5 and 53.  I imagine that there 
is some sort of character translation going on but I cannot find anything 
about it in the documentation or on the Wolfram Research website.  Also it 
would seem strange that it would be doing some sort of character 
translation, but who knows? I am running Mathhematica 2.2.1 for Students on 
Windows 95 (4.00.950).  I do not encounter this problem on Solaris.

Can anyone help?  Is there a FAQ?

Andy Musk

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