Can I Use Notepad in Windows to Write UNIX Scripts

By dgower2
Apr 25, 2006
  1. Hi All,

    I've been attempting to edit UNIX scripts in Windows, using Notepad, by FTPing the script files to and from the UNIX/Windows machines. It's easier for me than using VI or PICO. However, I think Notepad may be corrupting the script files. Does anyone know if Notepad will, in fact, render UNIX scripts unusable? Do you know of a better way to edit/create UNIX scripts on a Windows box?


  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Maybe the MS-DOS editor. ;)
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    The linefeeds are different in DOS/Windows and Unix - you will have to convert the files.

    Some FTP programs can do this automatically. In Unix, there is a program called dos2unix (available for Windows too, I believe).

    You can also use some more advanced editor. Crimson Editor supports opening files directly over FTP for example, understands different newlines and you can specify in which format you wish to save the text.
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Editors like EditpadPro ( can convert text into Unix-format and v.v.
    A version is available for Linux, which I would assume should also work under Unix.
  5. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 238


    Thanks for the responses.
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