HOWTO Convert carriage returns between UNIX and DOS on Debian

This article was first written in February 2005 for the BeezNest technical
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The convert carriage returns between UNIX- and DOS-kind of CR, use the tools dos2unix and unix2dos from the sysutils package.

Usage is really simple:

$ dos2unix filename


$ unix2dos filename

where filename is the name of the file to convert.

To convert a hierarchy of files starting from current directory:

$ find . -type f -exec dos2unix {} ;

For more information see the manpages.

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