Unfortunately, turning binmode on by default would be problematic as well. But I think I have another solution (which I solicitate here, hopefully people will catch this and offer replies...)
Instead of passing a file list, I could have the array by a mixed set of either filehandles or scalars. If it's a filehandle, it will be assumed to be an OPEN file handle, such that it will read right from the file. Otherwise, it will do the same as above. The only problem here is trying to determine the difference between a scalar and a filehandle. I can't think of an easy test that will capture all the possible cases of filehandles, including those that are from the IO:: modules. If anyone has any ideas, that would be helpful.
But obviously, if this was in place, then if you had binary files that you wanted search, it would be rather trivial to create a list of open filehandles, all set to binmode, before passing to this function.
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