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Overview of the FileTools Package
The FileTools package is a collection of file manipulation utilities. It contains two submodules.
- The Text module contains commands specific for manipulating text files.
- The Binary module contains commands for working with files of binary data.
The FileTools module also contains commands that can be applied to either type of file.
Text files contain certain formatting concepts that do not apply to binary data (for example, lines and newline characters). Also, the data in a text file is represented using characters. In Maple, the internal representation is converted to a string and then written. For more information, see the Text module help page.
The data in a binary file is written to disk using a binary representation. Currently, this means that only hardware data types, integers, and floats can be written using the Binary module. For more information, see the Binary module help page.
The FileTools[Compressed] subpackage contains commands for the creation, reading, and writing of compressed files. For more information, see FileTools[Compressed].
Each command in the FileTools package can be accessed by using either the long form or the short form of the command name in the command calling sequence.
As the underlying implementation of the FileTools package is a module, it is also possible to use the form FileTools:-command to access a command from the package. For more information, see Module Members.
List of FileTools Package Commands
List of FileTools[Text] Module Commands
List of FileTools[Binary] Module Commands
List of FileTools[Compressed] Module Commands
To display the help page for a particular FileTools command, see Getting Help with a Command in a Package.
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