Peter Elsner peter at
Tue Apr 15 06:54:18 PDT 2003

Here's a small Perl script... Name it dtox and placed it in your 
/usr/local/bin directory...

# SCRIPT: dtox
# AUTHOR: Peter Elsner <peter at>
# PURPOSE: Convert Text files from DOS to UNIX (remove ^M's)

while (<>) {
         if ($ARGV ne $OLDARGV) {
                 rename($ARGV, $ARGV . '.bak');
                 open(ARGVOUT, ">$ARGV");
continue {


Use it as follows:

% dtox filename

A back up file is created filename.bak and then a new file is created with 
the ^M's removed...


At 10:41 AM 4/15/2003 +0200, you wrote:
>Is there an equivalent dos2unix program that will strip out DOS character
>codes from text files?
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