lineSplitter ignores the the trailing newline?

Jonathan Marler johnnymarler at
Sat Nov 9 23:04:11 UTC 2019

On Saturday, 9 November 2019 at 19:28:52 UTC, Paul Backus wrote:
> On Saturday, 9 November 2019 at 19:00:31 UTC, Jonathan Marler 
> wrote:
>> In people's opinion, should lineSplitter handle files with 
>> trailing newlines differently or the same?  Currently, 
>> lineSplitter will ignore the trailing newline.  If it didn't 
>> ignore it, then I'd expect that a file with a trailing newline 
>> would return an empty string as its last element, but it 
>> doesn't do this.
> lineSplitter follows the Unix convention of treating newlines 
> as line *terminators* rather than line *separators* (as we can 
> see from the name of its template argument "KeepTerminator"). 
> Under this convention, a trailing newline terminates the final 
> line in a file, but does not start a new one, so there is no 
> need for an additional empty line.

Interesting, do you have any links and or references that 
establish that unix uses newlines as terminators rather than 

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