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bug #40605: Figure out exact treatment of line ends in text files

Submitter:  Ben Pfaff <blp>
Submitted:  Sat 16 Nov 2013 07:39:03 PM UTC
   
 
Category:  System/Portable File I/O Severity:  5 - Average
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
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Sun 02 Nov 2014 06:57:17 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Here is a discussion about a csv export from a website:

http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-users/2014-11/msg00002.html

Although that one seems to be really crappy containing different character encodings latin-1 and utf-8 for variable description and case data. However it also contains <CR><LF> inside variable string data. The cases themselves are separated by <LF>.

Friedrich Beckmann <beckmanf>
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Thu 23 Jan 2014 05:45:38 AM UTC, comment #2: 

I learned one thing: on a Mac, Excel
exports .csv files with CR-only line ends, and on Windows, Excel exports .csv files with CR+LF line ends.  Users expect both formats to import OK.

Ben Pfaff <blp>
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Sat 16 Nov 2013 07:40:13 PM UTC, comment #1: 
Ben Pfaff <blp>
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Sat 16 Nov 2013 07:39:03 PM UTC, original submission:  

At least one survey website generates text files, intended for use with SPSS, whose lines end in only CRs (not LF or CR+LF).  PSPP does not understand this format.  SPSS's behavior is not well understood in this area.

One experiment has been performed but I do not yet understand the results, so further experiments might be necessary:
http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-dev/2013-09/msg00034.html
http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-dev/2013-09/msg00033.html

Ben Pfaff <blp>
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