[UFO Chicago] another very newbie 'nix question

John Kilbourne jkilbour@pol.net
Sat, 26 Jan 2002 20:33:27 -0500 (EST)

What are all the ^M 's that are at the ends of the lines in text 
files I take from windows (made in gvim) and put on unix or linux? It 
must be some kind of newline thing; do they do any harm?

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Originally From: Larry Garfield <lgarfiel@students.depaul.edu>
Subject: Re: [UFO Chicago] very newbie 'nix question
Date: 01/26/2002 06:49pm

Now see what you've started, John? :-)

Nick Moffitt wrote:

> > Yes, the API consistency is nice and one of the biggest advantages
> > of *NIX, but neither a device, pipe, socket, nor a directory is a
> > file.  The implementation of a directory may be via a convenient
> > reuse of the "regular file" storage mechanism, but it is not a 
> > as your average human being would term it.
>         Your average human being would think of a file as either a
> tool for grinding or a collection of information about a particular
> topic.  An average human being would think of a directory as a
> collection of mappings from information to its actual location.  A
> directory or index page often appears in real world file folders or
> books.
>         The metaphors are incorrect to begin with, so the nits 
> picking right now are particularly small.

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