Deleting dos chars using Vim (^M)

Hello,

IF you want to delete dos chars using Vim instead of installing external tools like dos2unix,tr,sed,awk etc.. you can do that using Vim syntax like this:

:set ff=unix //to unix file
:set ff=dos //to windows file

See you!

UPDATE
If you want to do mass conversions, you can use this command lines switches and let vim do the work :)


vim +"set ff=unix" +wq $DOS_FILE

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6 thoughts on “Deleting dos chars using Vim (^M)

  1. Not sure if it’s the version of vim i’m using, but this doesn’t work for me. I still have the ^M char at the end of lines. I’ve just been using :%s/.$// to remove the ^M

    • Matt, you must be shure that all lines end if ^M otherwise it will remove something that you won’t.

      Using wg method you won’t have this problem.

      Cheers.

    • Bob, why do you say that? It works indeed

      $ echo “123 check” > test.txt
      $ file test.txt
      test.txt: ASCII text
      $ vim +”set ff=dos” +wq test.txt
      $ file test.txt
      test.txt: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
      $ vim +”set ff=unix” +wq test.txt
      $ file test.txt

      • Hi Bob,

        Works fine here:

        $ echo “hello” > test.txt
        $ file test.txt
        test.txt: ASCII text
        $ cat -v test.txt
        hello

        $ vim +”set ff=dos” +wq test.txt
        $ file test.txt
        test.txt: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
        $ cat -v test.txt
        hello^M

        $ vim +”set ff=unix” +wq test.txt
        $ file test.txt
        test.txt: ASCII text
        $ cat -v test.txt
        hello

        What is your ouput error?

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