CR/LF problem >

Peter de Groot pdgtech at
Mon Nov 10 01:38:31 GMT 1997

> I wrote a message some time ago about the CR/LF problem when using Unix
> ASCII files on a samba server, because Unix only uses newlines and DOS
> uses CR/LF users get 'strange' files sometimes, it gets even more
> confusing when they use DOS programs to process the unix ASCII files.
> For as far as I know now there is no way to translate these files 'on
> the fly'.
> So now I try to make it myself.

Excellent...  I have been having the same problems myself for quite
some time now..  We have a number of applications which run on both
a PC and unix, and I am trying to share the same data. This data is 
a mixture of text and binary files.  We also use PC apps to download
data from various pieces of equipment to a samba share.

This CR/LF problem is a major pain.  I have spent many fruitless 
hours trawling the net looking for a piece of software that does 
a painless conversion. Or, rather one that I can give the users. 
Typing "convert file.out" in a dos window just does not cut it. 
The one in the contributed area of the samba site is a bit moldy.

A Windoze program which adds CR/LF conversion to the right mouse click,
a bit like winzip, would make my day.

Could I make a couple of suggestions about your options for the 
on the fly conversion for samba...... Could the options include
conversion for  
            1) files with a specific extension (eg .txt)
            2) files that have only the a-zA-Z content
            3) Some record length option.  Most text files do not have long
               record lengths.

There is a bit of shareware (WS_FTP) which make a pretty good job of it.
This is what we currently use in preference to samba, for the reasons

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