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Can someone please show me how to use the find command to search a directory and all subdirectories (all files) and replace all instances of \r\n with \r?  I've got some windows text files that I need to convert to unix style.  Any other method to easily do this would also be acceptable.

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by:avizit
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there is a better way to do this if your system has it ..

the command to use is "dos2unix"  

try

find . -type f | xargs dos2unix

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by:dirtdart
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I'm running Slack 10 and it doesn't look like it's installed.  Is this something I can download?
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by:avizit
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be warned not that you should do that only for txt files

so maybe you can modify it to


find . -type f -name "*.txt" | xargs dos2unix

if all your files have extension .txt ,
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by:dirtdart
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Thanks.  I just found a download site.  They're all php files, so it should work the same.  Let me give it a try when I get my files transferred and if it works, I'll come back and reward the points.
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you can get dos2unix sources from
http://www.megaloman.com/~hany/software/hd2u/

or if you can install using rpm you can get the dos2unix rpm from rpmfind.net
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getting "dos2unix" is preferable cos the other solutions ( check http://mikeage.net/content/tips/linux/dos2unix.php )
creates a new file , so you have to save that as tempfile and then move the tempfile over the original file . hence your script becomes messy .

dos2unix and unix2dos works on the same file ..hence better IMHO
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Worked like a charm!  Thanks for the help.
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