dos2unix command is used to convert text files from DOS format to Unix format. DOS and Unix use different line endings, with DOS using a carriage return (CR) and a line feed (LF) at the end of each line, while Unix uses only a line feed (LF). This command is useful when working with text files that were created on a Windows machine and need to be used on a Unix-based system.
dos2unix command can be used to convert one or more files from DOS to Unix format. The basic syntax is as follows:
dos2unix [options] file1 file2 ...
For example, to convert a file named
example.txt from DOS to Unix format, you would use the following command:
You can also use wildcards to convert multiple files at once. For example, to convert all text files in the current directory from DOS to Unix format, you would use the following command:
dos2unix will overwrite the original file with the converted version. If you want to keep the original file and create a new file with the converted content, you can use the
--newfile option. For example:
dos2unix -n example.txt
This will create a new file named
example.txt.1 with the converted content.
The following options are available for the
||Display help message and exit.|
||Display version information and exit.|
||Create a new file with the converted content instead of overwriting the original file.|
||Keep the original file timestamp.|
||Set the conversion mode. The default is
||Quiet mode. Suppress all warnings and error messages.|
||Force conversion of binary files.|
||Overwrite the original file with the converted content.|
If you encounter errors when using the
dos2unix command, here are some troubleshooting tips:
- Make sure the file you are trying to convert exists and is readable.
- Check that you have permission to write to the directory where the file is located.
- If the file is a binary file or has non-standard line endings, use the
-foption to force conversion.
dos2unixcommand can also be used in reverse to convert Unix format text files to DOS format using the