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Why is recordLen initialized to 1, not 0

 
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public class Data {
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private int recordLen = 1;// why not "private int recordLen = 0;"
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}
 
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Could it be that at the beginning of each record, there is a space for marking wheather the record is LIVE (0) or DELETED (1).
That is just my hunch.
 
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