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Automatic Conversion Daemon for Text Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000076946D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Feb-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Automatic Conversion Daemon for Text Files

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Automatic Conversion Daemon for Text Files

Disclosed is a system for automatically converting text files from one Operating System format to another. Though there are programs that try to minimize user frustration when moving text files to different Operating Systems, none can guarantee that the text file will be stored properly. This system will have a daemon constantly running in the background which will evaluate any text file which is being stored on the file system. If it is not the proper format, it will be converted to the proper content.

For example, suppose a user had downloaded a zipped file, which was compressed on a Windows* System, to a Linux environment. Further, this zipped file contained text files. When the zipped file was decompressed, the text files would be stored on the file system in DOS* format, regardless of how the zipped file was downloaded. Converting these text files could be a long process. However, with this system, the daemon would automatically know which files were text files and convert them automatically, without any user interaction.

The system will conform to the following flow chart detailed in Figure 1.

Figure 1:

1

Is the file a text file?

2

Is the file in the correct format?

3

Convert the file to the proper format.

Yes

No

No

Yes

Step 1 : Determine whether the file is a binary or text file using Operating System tools. Step 2 : Determine whether the text file is in the proper format by looking for end of line control charact...