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Re: UNIX/Linux text files



on Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 11:30:13AM +0100, Ciaran Johnston (cj@nologic.org) wrote:
> Karsten M. Self said:
> > on Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 07:20:30PM +1000, Nathan Stanley
> > (livefish@host.sk) wrote:
> >> Someone recently told me there is a difference between Unix and Linux
> >> text file formats. Is this true?
> >
> > Yes, ours goes to 11.
> >
> > Wait.  Wrong mockumentary.
> >
> >
> > CR vs. CR+LF
> >
> >    # aptitude install sysutils
> >    # man dos2unix unix2dos
> >
> > In practice, many tools on both platforms will deal sanely with either
> > format.  Notable exception is NOTEPAD.EXE  on legacy MS Windows.
> 
> The question appears to be asking about differences in Unix text files and
> Linux text files, not DOS/Windows text files and Unix/Linux text files.
> There's no difference between a text file created on a Unix (e.g. Solaris)
> platform and one created on a Linux platform, but as Karsten rightly says
> there is a difference between those created on a Windows platform and
> those created on a Unix/Linux platform. The difference boils down to new
> line characters. Karsten probably answered the question you meant to ask,
> not the question you did ask :)

Two wrongs *do* make a right?


/me investigates the cost of a brain-mouth transmission repair, and
checks the status of his reading-with-comprehension bit.


As for 'Nix file formats, the short answer is that it's all magic.  And
it's the same magic.  'man file' for more info.


Peace.

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