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Re: include dos2unix/unix2dos in coreutils ?

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: include dos2unix/unix2dos in coreutils ?
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 10:26:37 -0600
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Jim Meyering wrote:
Mike Frysinger <address@hidden> wrote:
these handy little utilities seem pretty standard [to me], yet they lack any
sort of stable homepage and Linux distro's tend to use random versions with
their own set of random patches ...

This much at least I have to say is very true. It's worse when you want them on non-Linux platforms (the page you gave makes me wonder if they even build on not-Linux-or-Windows).

any interest in simply integrating these two small utils into coreutils ?

Personally, I use those tools so rarely that I wonder whether it'd
be worthwhile.  Do you use them a lot?  Have you been unable to find
them when you needed them?

I remember the last time *I* went looking for them, I can't remember if I succeeded or not, but I certainly remember it taking more effort than I would have liked. Not that I use them often, either. I think frequency depends on how often you have to edit a file with 'notepad'. :-) (i.e. users that also use Windows systems have more need.)

Anyway, that's my $0.02 on a subject which I also find of interest.

(Of course, if coreutils wanted to add these, it should also have dos2mac, unix2mac, mac2dos and mac2unix, all of which should probably be symlinks to/copies of one program that changes default behavior based on its argv[0].)

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