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Re: Detecting text type in a shell script

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From: "Nicolas Christin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2003 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: Detecting text type in a shell script

> On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Max Bowsher wrote:
> > Have you tried linking you app with -lbinmode ? That should force
> > file access to be binary, whatever the mount.
> No - but that's a very good point - worth trying out. Thanks a bunch.
> On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, David Robinow wrote:
> > Has it occurred to you that a better solution might be to fix your
> > software so that it works properly with text mounts?
> "No can do."
> Our software does, but third-party software it relies on and it is
> distributed with apparently does not. I already have about 20 lines of
> shell with gory sed's and the like to patch the source code of those
> third-party packages in case Cygwin is detected (I can't assume
> is available), and I am *not* going to go through the source code of a
> bunch of external packages to fix all the possible problems there can
> be with text mounts. And before you ask, no, the people who develop
> those third-party packages won't fix them.
> It is much easier for me to tell people at installation time "DOS type
> detected, which is unsuitable, compile at your own risk" or to use
> suggestion and try to write a kludge that forces -lbinmode everywhere
> Cygwin is detected.
> Note that this stuff isn't even *supposed* to run under Windows, thank
> God (or to the Cygwin developers in that case) for small miracles.
> Anyway, thanks again for the tips, Max. Highly appreciated.

Could you just run a "dos2unix" (on non-binary files) in your

Something like ...


   cat input_1.txt | tr -d '\r' > new_input_1.txt
   cat input_2.txt | tr -d '\r' > new_input_2.txt


... just wondering if it is a choice...


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