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Default line endings on Mac

From: Andrew Janke
Subject: Default line endings on Mac
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:54:54 -0500
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.13; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/60.4.0

Hi, Octave maintainers,

On macOS, at least with a Qt build, the default EOL mode for Octave as of 4.4.1 is "Mac (CR)".

I think this might be an archaism: "Mac" (\r) EOL mode text files were used by pre-OS X Mac OSes like Mac OS 9. Since the switch to the Unix-based OS X, Mac programs generally default to Unix style (\n) line endings. You can verify this by opening TextEdit and creating a new plain text file: it uses \n EOLs.

Having files created in legacy Mac (\r) mode makes it a bit harder to use Unix command line tools and stuff like GitHub with those files.

Can/should Octave be changed to default to Unix (\n) EOLs on macOS?


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