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OS Differences

Different operating systems handles text files slightly – but in some cases significantly – different.

It may become critical when developing scripts on one platform (e.g. PHP, on Mac) and uploads to a web server running Linux. What works (executes properly) on one platform fails on another.

What differs is how end of line is indicated, what character(s) is/are used – Linefeed (LF, Carriage Return (CR), or both.

Linux/*NIX LF
Mac CR
Windows CRLF

More info, tips, and techniques in How do I convert between Unix and Mac OS or Mac OS X text files? (opens in a new tab/window), from Indiana Univ., retrieved 2008-03-03).