Manual Reference Pages - FLIP (1)
flip - do newline conversions between **IX and MS-DOS
flip [ -umvtsbz] file ...
flip [ -umvtsbz] -
flip is a file interchange program that converts text file
formats between **ix and MS-DOS. It converts lines ending with
carriage-return (CR) and linefeed (LF) to lines ending with just
linefeed, or vice versa. If the special argument "-" is given, input
is read from stdin and written to stdout.
flip has the following features:
flip will normally refuse to convert binary files. You
can override this.
When asked to convert a file to the same format that it
already has, flip causes no change to the file. Thus
to convert all files to **IX format you can type
flip -u *
and all files will end up right, regardless of whether
they were in MS-DOS or in **IX format to begin with.
This also works in the opposite direction.
If a file contains isolated CR characters for
underlining or overprinting, flip does not change them.
flip preserves file timestamps. You can override this.
flip preserves file permissions.
flip is written in C and will compile and run under
MS-DOS/Turbo C, 4.3BSD, and System V.
flip accepts wildcards and multiple filenames on the command line.
If a user interrupt aborts flip, it does not leave
behind any garbage files or cause corruption of the
files being converted.
When converting from MS-DOS to **IX format, flip
removes any trailing control Z (the last character in
the file), but leaves embedded control Z characters
unchanged. This minimizes the possibility of
accidentally converting a binary file that contains a
control Z near the beginning. You can override this
and ask flip to recognize the first control Z found as
flip can be asked to strip the high (parity) bit as it
converts a file.
flip is normally invoked as:
flip -umhvtb file ...
One of -u, -m, or -h is required. Switches may be given
separately or combined together after a dash. For example,
the three command lines given below are equivalent:
flip -uvt *.c
flip -u -v -t *.c
flip -u -vt *.c
On systems that allow a program to know its own name, flip
may be renamed (or linked) to a file called toix
for conversion to **IX format, or to a file called toms
for conversion to MS-DOS format. When invoked with the name toix or
toms, flip will act as if it were invoked with the -u or -m
Convert to **IX format (CR LF => LF, lone CR or LF unchanged, trailing
control Z removed, embedded control Z unchanged).
Convert to MS-DOS format (lone LF => CR LF, lone CR unchanged).
Give a help message.
Be verbose, print filenames as they are processed.
Touch files (dont preserve timestamps).
Strip high bit.
Convert binary files too (else binary files are left unchanged).
Truncate file at first control Z encountered.
Rahul Dhesi <email@example.com>.
|Linux 2.0 ||FLIP (1) ||July 15, 2001 |
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