This is documentation for Mathematica 7, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.

 ReadList["file"]reads all the remaining expressions in a file, and returns a list of them. ReadList["file", type]reads objects of the specified type from a file, until the end of the file is reached. The list of objects read is returned. ReadList["file", {type1, type2, ...}]reads objects with a sequence of types, until the end of the file is reached. ReadList["file", types, n]reads only the first n objects of the specified types.
• Possible types to read are:
 Byte single byte, returned as an integer code Character single character, returned as a one-character string Expression complete Mathematica expression Number integer or an approximate number, given in "E" format Real approximate number, given in "E" format Record sequence of characters delimited by record separators String string terminated by a newline Word sequence of characters delimited by word separators
• Objects of type Real can be given in the scientific notation format used by languages such as C and Fortran, as well as in standard Mathematica format. A form like 2.e5 or 2E5 as well as 2*^5 can be used to represent the number . Objects read as type Real are always returned as approximate numbers. Objects read as type Number are returned as integers if they contain no explicit decimal points.
• The following options can be given:
 NullRecords False whether to assume a null record between repeated record separators NullWords False whether to assume a null word between repeated word separators RecordSeparators {"\r\n","\n","\r"} separators allowed between records RecordLists False create separate sublists for each record TokenWords {} words taken as delimiters WordSeparators {" ","\t"} separators allowed between words
• If file is not already open for reading, ReadList opens it, then closes it when it is finished. If the file is already open, ReadList does not close it at the end.
• ReadList prints a message if any of the objects remaining in the file are not of the specified types.
• ReadList["file", {type1, ...}] looks for the sequence of typei in order. If the end of file is reached while part way through the sequence of typei, EndOfFile is returned in place of the elements in the sequence that have not yet been read.
Read in each line as a separate expression:
Read each line as a string:
Read in each line as a separate expression:
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Read each line as a string:
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