in reply to End Of File Marker
You might try setting binmode on your filehandle before you read from it. It will certainly let you read past the EOF marker under NT, but it may have other side effects. Only tests on your specific systems/files will tell...
Strictly speaking, though, it sounds like your "XML file that has binary material in it" isn't an XML file. It's a file that happens to contain an XML string in it. A minor-sounding (but very important) distinction.
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