morgan on 20 Jan 2006 17:27:08 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] ASCII files

To reiterate Jeff's point, I have had great luck with cat -v file.txt > file_v.txt. Send us that output, it may be very telling.

Have you tried dos2unix?


Jeff Abrahamson wrote:
On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 05:32:15PM -0500, wrote:

 [18 lines, 148 words, 997 characters]  Top characters: _toanrsl

This is a modest problem but extremely frustrating.  For years, and
from the name of the program, some of you will guess how many years,
I have used Multimate as a word processor.  This was a DOS program
by the same folks that brought you DBASE.  I converted files from
that to ASCII.txt and then tried to use them in a Linux environment,
Suse to be precise, and mtype refuses to read the whole file.  It
drops in the middle of a line where there should be no bizarre
characters to be read.  Mcopy gives an error messege when I try to
invoke it.  I really want to be able to trash the machine and gain
the workspace but I don't want to waste time typing everything out
again in vi or gnu.

It would be interesting to see what you get from trying to read it in
emacs, or, more simply, by watching what "cat -v | more" says about
the contents.


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