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Re: [Help-nano] Dos/ Mac/ Unix text files: Save after Edit

From: Chris Allegretta
Subject: Re: [Help-nano] Dos/ Mac/ Unix text files: Save after Edit
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 12:11:22 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

Hello Fergus,

I think this is a philosophical issue.  Generally text editors only 
convert file format enough to allow you to edit a file.  Im not sure 
it's the editor's job to change the file format on the end user, at 
least without being told explicitly to do so. If you are saying you use 
nano as your dos conversion utility, you can still save an originally 
DOS-formatted file in unix format by toggling DOS format off before 
saving, using Meta-D at the save prompt.

Alternatively if you're using the Win32 version of nano and it's not 
properly loading or saving files, please let me know as that would 
definiely be a bug.

On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 05:16:14PM +0000, Fergus wrote:
> I cannot make sense of the underlying logic for Save As (Dos-terminated  
> or Mac-terminated or Unix-terminated) after editing text
> files using versions of nano after v.1.3.4 up to and including the
> current v.2.0.7 and test v.2.1.0.
> In version 1.3.4 the default is to save files Unix-terminated,
> irrespective of their format before editing. If required the switch -D
> will force save files Dos-terminated, the switch -M will force save
> files Mac-terminated and the switch -N will force save files in the
> original format.
> This seems -- and is -- so good: consistent and well thought out.
> Thereafter in more modern versions including those currently on offer
> (i) this behaviour is compromised in that what is offered is less
> versatile and (ii) there is a switch
>   -N (--noconvert)
>   Disable automatic conversion of files from DOS/Mac format
> which seems irrelevant/ illogical -- or plain wrong --because in these  
> versions automatic conversion is already disabled. There seems, in fact,  
> no way to save a file Unix-terminated unless it starts off that way.
> I am sticking with v.1.3.4 in order to achieve the excellent behaviours
> described here, but I guess I must be missing out on the other  
> advantages and modifications attaching to later versions. Would it be  
> possible by some  means to request the developers to revert to the  
> excellent behaviours of v.1.3.4 in versions presented after 2.1.0? (I  
> have tried writing to address@hidden but so far without achieving  
> a response. I must be expressing myself badly: sorry! I hope this  
> communication is clearer.)
> Best wishes and thank you,
> Fergus
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