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and btw, file1 and file2 are text files, regardless of the extension. welcome to linux.
Welll, they are text files if and only if the source is a text file (which is is with the seq utility).
"text file" is a bit of a misnomer on Linux - it depends on your font. Using UTF-8 allows for up to 3 bytes per glyph, and if one of those is the first "character" in the file, the file will show up as "data", and not "text".
A file is a sequence of 8 bit bytes. It MAY be text... but doesn't have to be.