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Old 04-17-2002
Text formatting to 132 columns

I want to take a file that is generated in 132 columns from a unix based report generator and transfer it to a windows environment and preserve the column length. Any ideas how I can do this so that whatever windows based text editor that reads the document will know it should be in 132 columns?


# 2  
Old 04-17-2002
What sort of column delimiter does the file have...?

I'm guessing that each row of the unix file is fairly lengthy....but I wouldn't see why the format will change.... what method of transfer are you using?
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Old 04-18-2002
I think that "columns" here, he means characters. IE, each line is 132 characters long.

Unix knows where one line end and the next begins because each line is followed by a newline character. The unix newline character and the ASCII linefeed (sometimes abbreviated LF) are the same thing. Windows will need each line to be terminated by a linefeed and a carriage return (LF/CR).

If you use ftp, you need to use ascii mode to tranfer the file. That will cause ftp to perform this translation.

Also, HP-UX has a pair of programs, dos2ux and ux2dos for this purpose. SunOS has dos2unix and unix2dos.
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Old 04-19-2002
I am running SCO unix and I am generating a text file from a database application that creates rows that are 132 characters long. I then want to e-mail that file to a windows exchange user.

I will see if SCO has some sort of unix2dos type function. Thanks.

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Old 04-19-2002
It may be that you can just email it. Have you tried this? I would expect it would work. Email software should handle everything.
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Old 04-19-2002
Unfortunately simply e-mailing it does not solve the problem. I e-mail it as an attachment to a Microsoft Exchange account and it doesn't preserve the 132 character line.
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Old 04-20-2002
I have prepared a file that is 132 characters per line. It has dozens of adjacent spaces. I have been unable to reproduce your problem. Even using mailx and mailing the file as the body worked. We are using Exchange as our mail server and I am using Outlook as my mail program.

Try to mail to file to yourself on your unix account. Maybe your unix mail program is garbling the file.
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