Plain text file transfer problem

William R. Knox wknox at
Wed Nov 22 18:02:46 GMT 2000

If you have perl installed on the AIX machine, you can use that to do
the conversion. I have attached a script that I wrote to do the
conversion recursively on html files in a directory that could be
modified to do specific files. Good luck with whatever you decide.

			Bill Knox
			Senior Operating Systems Programmer/Analyst
			The MITRE Corporation

Mark Shaw wrote:
> Bill,
> I am aware of the dos->unix conversion fault that occurs here.  I'd like to find
> a way around it.  The files move from my Samba share to an AIX system and
> neither have dos2unix installed.  I have tried to use fromdos on the Linux
> machine but this takes too long, and hasn't actually worked yet.  Do you know of
> any other transfer protocols that may work?  Or maybe an AIX product that will
> do the conversion?
> Thanx
> Mark
> "William R. Knox" <wknox at> on 2000/11/22 04:53:44 AM
> To:   Mark Shaw/ISM-BC at ISM-BC
> cc:   samba at
> Subject:  Re: Plain text file transfer problem
> Mark,
> It is NOT samba that is doing this - samba does not change the file as
> it is transferred (which ftp in ascii mode does), which is at the root
> of your problem (perhaps a poor way to state this, really, as this is
> desirable behavior). Windows, Macs, and Unix all have different ideas of
> how the end of a line should be indicated in a text file. The carriage
> returns you see are the result of this inconsistency. The program
> dos2unix (a standard part of the install on Solaris and I believe Linux
> as well) can be run to remove them ("dos2unix filename filename" will
> convert the file to unix format and rewrite it back to the same
> filename), or you can use a simple sed script as well.
> Good luck.
> --
>                Bill Knox
>                Senior Operating Systems Programmer/Analyst
>                The MITRE Corporation
> Mark Shaw wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I have a problem with Samba's formatting of plain text files transferred from
> my
> > NT 4 machine.  Linux inserts a ^M (carriage return) into every file at the end
> > of every line.  Is there a way to configure Samba so it doesn't do this?  I'd
> > hate to FTP to my Samba share; it kind of defeats the purpose.  If anyone has
> > any ideas I would be most appreciative.
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> > Mark Shaw
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