binary vs. text?

Ruslan Zasukhin sunshine at
Mon Dec 11 17:22:04 EST 2006

On 12/12/06 12:15 AM, "Ruslan Zasukhin" <sunshine at> wrote:

> On 12/12/06 12:09 AM, "Chris Sheffield" <cmsheffield at> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
>> Does anyone have a sure fire way to determine if a file is binary or
>> text?
>> I have need to create an import utility that will import data from a
>> text file (csv, tab-delimited, etc) into a database, but I'd like to
>> check the file before doing anything else just to make sure it is in
>> fact text and not binary.
>> Any thoughts?
> If file follow unicode rules, it have special signature on start
> I did not hear about such ability define kind of file..

Well, I think you can try next:

1) check unicode signature.
    if you have find it -- this is unicode textfile

2) ELSE 

    you can scan the whole file or its part,
    byte for byte to see if you meat a ZERO byte.

        if YES - its a binary file.

Best regards,

Ruslan Zasukhin
VP Engineering and New Technology
Paradigma Software, Inc

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