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A sequence of bytes. This term is used rather than "file" to describe a byte sequence that is only a portion of a file. A single file can have multiple streams of data associated with it. The various data streams can be opened and read independently of each other. The primary data stream of a file is directly associated with the file object itself. All data files, by default, have a primary data stream. All additional secondary data streams are identified by a unicode data stream name which further qualifies the file name. A NULL data stream name identifies the primary data stream. An example of a data stream would be the Macintosh Resource Fork, "MAC_RF", which is a separate stream of data (containing icons) that is associated with a Macintosh file. There are two name types supported for data streams. The data stream names follow the naming semantics used by Windows 95/98/NT.