Fri, 16 Feb 2001 00:34:47 +0100
At 15:53 -0600 2001/02/15, Randolph J. Herber wrote:
>|-- Under UNIX, MacOS, or MSOS, binary files are not translated at all, so
>|if one does not make the right newline convention or translate the files
>|first by some other means, it will not work.
> It would if it were done along the lines I described previously
> in this thread. It works for Adobe PostScript and in Sun Java;
> that is enough examples to convince me that it can be done.
Yes, and this is also my point.
> do remember enough of the VMS work to realize that it would only
> be a page or so of code in VMS. In UNIX, it would be a few lines.
> I do not know enough about MacOS to offer a guess.
The easiest way to implement it is to change the library functions that
read files. In C, one can do it either by a macro in the program source
code that changes the name of this file reading function to something else,
and the re-program it. Or one can simply add a file with the new version --
modern compilers usually let new versions in source code override library
This would work under UNIX/MacOS/MSOS with just a few lines.
> A brief summary of the method: read the files adding line
> terminators to record format files, if the operating system
> supports such, and recognize all three line terminator
> sequences and standardize them to one format.
Under VMS, I understand it is more complicated, if th efile does not
already have line terminators.