m-wright at eskimo.com
Sat Feb 10 23:40:49 GMT 2007
In days of yore, Unix used a single line feed (0A hex) to terminate a line of
text and DOS used a carriage return - line feed pair (OD hex 0A hex). When
moving files back and forth between the two systems, it was often necessary
to convert the endline (sometimes called "newline") characters one way or the
This situation seemed to prevail through RedHat 8 (LF) and W98SE (CR-LF). In
attempting to resolve some issues involved with porting code from Linux to
Windows XP, I see that the situation seems to have been reversed. Although
Kate under RH8 defaulted to LF endlines, Kate under Dapper defaults to CR-LF.
Conversely, a file edited by Notepad under Windows XP and emailed to me (I
don't have any OS other than Linux anymore) used only LF endlines.
Although I haven't found a definitive commentary on this aspect of Windows, a
Google search seems to indicate that up through W98SE, Microsoft OS used
CR-LF, but that OS since that version, including XP, use LF as an endline
Any thoughts or further information on this?
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