[Bioperl-l] Re: External dependencies and Macs

Marc Colosimo MEColosimo@alumni.carnegiemellon.edu
Thu, 14 Dec 2000 15:53:42 -0500

Hilmar Lapp wrote:
> Marc Colosimo wrote:
> > Mac uses a different code for \n than PC/UNIX (actually so does the PC vs UNIX but it
> > probably does not show up as a problem).  If I down load a fasta file (large one with
> > many sequences in it) as a UNIX file (I could have it translated when decompressing, but
> > that messes up stuff for MAME :). Stuff that looks for end of line or \n don't find it
> > and end up choking. I don't know if there is a fix for this, but it is something to
> > think about when getting data from the web.
> Hm. Is there no conversion utility for Macs?

There are several ways to handle this. Stuffit Expander (which handles
tar zips etc.) will automatically convert UNIX EOL to MAC EOL. I have it
turned off because some of the things I do want the UNIX EOL and die if
not. I also have BBEdit, which is great and can handle 13Meg text files.
I used this to fix my problem. I was just pointing out that these little
things exist and if BioPerl, at sometime, directly downloads or accesses
files across the net, this could be a minor problem.