SPUG:DOS textfiles and perl on unix
spug at ifokr.org
Thu Mar 6 16:40:45 CST 2003
> DOS textfiles cause problems for unix, which tries to invoke
> /usr/bin/perl^M and subsequently fails with a helpful message.
> ln -s /usr/bin/perl `echo -e "/usr/bin/perl\r"`
> Actually lets the script run, in my limited testing with perl
> 5.8 on Mac OS X. Another option would be to create a perl^M
> that issues a warning.
> echo "error: $1 uses DOS linebreaks" >&2
> exit 1
You could also save the file without any DOS \r's at the end of
the line. If you're FTPing, make sure you use ASCII mode. If you
use SFTP (ftp-like over SSH) then there is no such beast, however
you can fix it once it's uploaded:
$ cd /path/to/my/perl/script
$ perl -pei.bak "s#\r#\n#g" my_perl_script
then my_perl_script won't have those annoying \r's and will run just
fine. I had to create a cron job that did this in a CGI directory for
a client that constantly uploaded them from a DOS machine.
Rather than hacking around to let a broken program work, fix the
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