script in Linux vs Windows

Dave Angel davea at
Sun Oct 10 10:42:36 CEST 2010

  On 2:59 PM, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
> In message<mailman.1504.1286659111.29448.python-list at>, Dennis
> Lee Bieber wrote:
>> On Windows, the I/O system for text files converts<cr><lf>  into a
>> <lf>  on input, and on output converts<lf>  to<cr><lf>.
> Is it Windows doing that, or is it some Visual Studio library?
Windows OS itself does not transform any newlines at all.

However, each version of Windows includes several versions of the Visual 
Studio runtime dll's, and applications which use those libraries may 
*think* the extra transformations those libraries do is part of Windows 

For example, in my XP system I see msvcrt.dll, msvcrt20.dll, and 
msvcrt40.dll in the c:\windows\system32 directory.  These are part of 
various releases of Visual Studio (or of the C compiler in it).  There 
are many other such dll's, but I'm concentrating on the one containing 
open(), and write(), etc.

The open() call is in Visual Studio's dll, while the CreateFileA is in 
Windows itself.  The latter does no transformation, and nothing stops 
Python from calling that directly.  However, except for the "t" versus 
"b", the open() call more closely matches the Unix convention.

The rest is convention.  Many applications included with Windows create 
text files with the 0d0a convention, and expect files and streams to 
follow that convention.  That includes CMD.exe, Notepad, etc.  If you 
don't use any of these, Windows wouldn't care if you always used 0a for 
a line separator.


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