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flat file
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operating system, storage A single file containing flatASCII representing or encoding some structure, e.g. of a
database, tree, or network. Flat files can be processed
with general purpose tools (e.g. awk or Perl) and texteditors but are often less efficient than some kind of
binary file if they must be parsed repeatedly by a
program. Flat files are more portable between different
files, and are more easily transmitted in electronic mail.