Tables for
Volume G
Definition and exchange of crystallographic data
Edited by S. R. Hall and B. McMahon

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. G, ch. 2.2, p. 27

Section End-of-line conventions

S. R. Hall,a* N. Spadaccini,c I. D. Brown,d H. J. Bernstein,e J. D. Westbrookb and B. McMahonf End-of-line conventions

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(25) The way in which a line is terminated is operating-system dependent. The STAR File specification does not address different operating-system conventions for encoding the end of a line of text in a text file. For a file generated and read in the same machine environment, this is rarely a problem, but increasingly applications on a network host may access files on different hosts through protocols designed to present a unified view of a file system. In practice, for current common operating systems many applications may regard the ASCII characters LF or CR or the sequence CR LF as signalling an end of line, inasmuch as these represent the end-of-line conventions supported under the common operating systems Unix, MacOS or DOS/Windows. On platforms with record-oriented operating systems, applications must understand and implement the appropriate end-of-line convention. Care must be taken when transferring such files to other operating systems to insert the appropriate end-of-line characters for the target operating system. A more complete discussion is given in (42) below.

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