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paulm (5067)

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Hello! I'm Paul Makepeace [], a regular on []. Perl's my primary language I code in (since '95 I think); people even pay me [] for it! Although I'd say I'm a developer I spend a substantial chunk of time being a sysadmin for my own machines (I'm also one of's root), all Debian boxen.

This journal is my first foray into a technical annotation of my perl life...

Journal of paulm (5067)

Friday May 28, 2004
09:36 AM


[ #18983 ]

A "zero script" hack (-e0) to convert in-place Macs' default line endings of \r to \n.

perl -le0 -015pi mac_file.txt

The order of the -l and -0 is important. -l assigns $\=$/ (output record sep = input record sep) and then the -015 sets input record separator to octal 15, aka dec 13 aka \r. So it's splitting the input on \r and outputting (via -p) with \n.

(I was puzzled for a while trying to squeeze even more characters out of it by wondering why -l0 was behaving differently to -l -0. -l takes a number too! So the 0 was a number not a command option.)

Can any more chars be shaved off?

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