Copy file contents from Notebad to WordPad

Posted on 2012-08-22
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I have a text file that has some hidden characters which show up in WordPad, but not in notepad.
When I try to execute a script on my server with this file, it errors out because the line feeds aren't there.

How can I write a batch file which opens the text file and copies all contents, then writes those contents to a WordPad document?
Question by:dimmergeek
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Sorry for not supplying sutch a batch file, but batch files are not the preferred way of doi'n that.

I would suggest some small piece of software (it's more or less simple to do in VB or C) for that.

Simple version:

Read the file in binary mode, say in chunks of about 100 Bytes into an array of char.
after reading each chunk, go sequentially over the chunk and write every byte to the output file that is printable (ASCII 32-127 & CR, LF, TAB)
repeat until file completed.

That way any unwanted characters will be stripped away.

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I do not know VBS.
Can you help with the code?
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by:Ess Kay
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what do you mean by 'wordpad file'?

they both open txt files

Just open it with wordpad instead of notepad and hit save, so it will keep the wordpad formatting

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