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tofrodos - Converts text files between DOS and Unix formats.  


fromdos [ options ] [file...]
todos [ options ] [file...]


DOS text files traditionally have carriage return and line feed pairs as their newline characters while Unix text files have the line feed as their newline character. fromdos converts text files from the DOS format to the Unix format, while todos converts text files from the Unix format to the DOS format.

The programs accept multiple filenames and wildcards as their arguments. You may also use them in a pipe. If either program finds its input redirected, it will process stdin and place the output on stdout.  


Always convert. If converting from DOS to Unix, this option will cause the program to remove ALL carriage returns. The default is to remove carriage returns only if they are followed by line feeds. If converting from Unix to DOS, this option will cause the program to convert ALL linefeeds to carriage return pairs. The default is to convert linefeeds only if they are not already preceeded by a carriage return.
Make a backup of original file. The original file is renamed with the original filename and a .bak extension.
Convert from DOS to Unix. This forces the program to convert the file in a particular direction. By default, if the program is named fromdos or dos2unix, it will assume that the input file is in a DOS format and convert it to a Unix format. If the program is named todos or unix2dos, it will assume that the input file is in a Unix format and convert it to a DOS format. Using the -d option forces the program to convert from a DOS format to a Unix format regardless of how the program is named. Likewise, using the -u option forces the program to convert from a Unix format to a DOS format regardless of the name of the program.
Abort processing on any error in any file. Normally, the program will simply skip to process the next file on the command line when it encounters any errors. This option causes it to abort on errors.
Force: convert even if the file is not writeable (read-only). By default, if fromdos or todos finds that the file does not have write permission, it will not process that file. This option forces the conversion even if the file is read-only.
Display a short help screen on the program usage and quit.
Overwrite the original file (no backup). This is the default.
Preserve file ownership and time. On systems like Linux, the file ownership will only be preserved if the user is root, otherwise it will just set the file time and silently fail the change of file ownership. If you want a warning message when the file ownership cannot be changed, use -v.
Convert from DOS to Unix. See the -d option above for more information.
Show version message and quit.


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