On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:04 PM, Ralf Quint <freedos...@gmail.com> wrote: > On 1/19/2017 2:40 PM, Jerome Shidel wrote: >> Eric, You and Tom are correct. But, so is Rugxulo. > Consistency is king... >> Is it a problem? >> > Potentially, yes, as someone might try to open up an LSM file after > install with a real DOS program that does NOT be able to handle LF-only > line endings.
> Where do you draw the line when it comes to what is not a problem? How > about I access and save a LSM file with my old Mac OS 9 iMac, which is > producing the then default CR-only line endings? Speaking as a sysadmin who had to support mixed OS environments, differing EOL conventions in text files were a bane of my existence. *nix systems used LF as the EOL character. Mac OS <9 used CR. DOS/Windows used *both*. At one point, I had to insert a step in a *nix script that generated and emailed nightly reports. The recipients would get them as attachments on Windows machines, and double click them to read them, which by default invoked Notepad to display plain text files. Notepad was *stupid*. It saw the LF, so it advanced a line, but it *didn't* see the CR, so it didn't home the cursor before displaying the next line, and the result was a stair step effect.when the file was viewed. I had to call a Unix2DOS utility to adjust the file to CRLF line ends before emailing it. *nix was actually more of a problem than Windows. Most things in *nix treated a CR as a white space character and didn't care about them, but a few things had issues. The problems on either OS tended to be things that displayed/edited files. Notepad on Windows had the problem noted above. *nix tools displayed ^M wherever a CR was encountered, which was annoying. It's probably a good idea to sanitize FreeDOS text files to have CRLF consistently, but under DOS and Windows I installed editors and file viewers that understood LF as EOL char and did the right thing so I didn't have to care, and deliberately saved text files with LF as EOL character so I could move them to *nix without caring. How many things available as part of FreeDOS *do* have problems with LF only EOL markers in text files? > Ralf ______ Dennis ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Check out the vibrant tech community on one of the world's most engaging tech sites, SlashDot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user