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Re: include dos2unix/unix2dos in coreutils ?

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: include dos2unix/unix2dos in coreutils ?
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 12:07:37 -0600
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
Huh, never new about '--in-place' (sure wish I did!). But what is
'recode'? I don't seem to have a "recode", nor do I see anything
about "recode" in sed. Did you mean iconv? (Maybe the real answer
is 'coreutils already has d2u and friends, they just aren't

I think that a program to make it easy to _other_ programs to keep the
date unmodified would be useful, same for a program that would make it
easy to do in-place hacks.

Agreed... although I think it might be best if the former were an option of the latter.

Not sure how such a thing would look like though...

"inplace --keepdate <file> -- <prog> <args>"

i.e. it would have to take the program to run (with args) as args; it would then read '<file>', pipe it to '<prog> <args>' (which it would fork() exec()) as stdin, and take <prog>'s stdout and write that back to <file> (and would have to either use a temp file or a Really Big Buffer since of course you can't safely overlay while reading).

...and I suppose it would work like 'xargs -n1' if given more than one file.

$ kill bill
kill: can't find process "bill"

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