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Re: [PATCH] Make text data file use system native line ends by default.

From: Jeremy Lavergne
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Make text data file use system native line ends by default.
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:39:18 -0400

> For Windows.  Many Windows programs expect Windows line-ends, just as
> most Unix programs expect Unix line-ends.

In this case, are we mainly considering editors?

Cursory Wikipedia surfing [1] indicates that the MS editors typically found on 
Windows, only NotePad does not support non-Windows line endings. The feature 
scale goes, ascending: Notepad, WordPad, MS Works, MS Word.

Both Notepad and WordPad are the free editors that come with the system, but if 
Windows users aren't aware of WordPad then it effectively doesn't exist. Is it 
possible to associate the data files to open with WordPad?


> Well, that's the question.  I do not think that there is a "correct"
> choice here, but there is probably a choice that will cause less user
> confusion.  My guess is that using Unix line ends everywhere will
> surprise users more than using native line ends by default.  But I'm
> open to discussion.

I know PSPP itself can read both types of newlines, but could you see changing 
the default behavior impacting people in other ways? Are users more likely to 
email their data files versus using source control?

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