read(...) public

Reads at most length bytes from the I/O stream, or to the end of file if length is omitted or is nil. length must be a non-negative integer or nil. If the optional buffer argument is present, it must reference a String, which will receive the data.

At end of file, it returns nil or "" depend on length. ios.read() and ios.read(nil) returns "". ios.read(positive-integer) returns nil.

   f = File.new("testfile")
   f.read(16)   #=> "This is line one"
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