LKBEN10983: Howto recode a file from windows to unix or linux

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You have a windows file and want to recode it to linux. The problem is the CR / LF difference between the OSes


This is by design


Windows uses the CR/LF (carrige return line feed) from line to line in a file. To recode a file you have from windows, you can use the recode command.

recode msdos..latin1 testfile.txt

This will recode the file "testfile.txt" and change the coding from msdos (which is windows) to latin1 (which is used under linux) 

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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