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Old 02-23-2006, 04:50 PM   #1
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porting files from Linux to Windows?

I'm about to do business with somebody running a Windows system (I don't know what kind), who's going to need .jpg's and text files zipped and sent as attatchments. Do I have to convert my files from ext2 to vfat or something? I know I have to use the zip program instead of tar/gz. What else can I do to ensure that this goes smoothly? It's been so long since I had Windows on a machine, I'm clueless...
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You don't have to convert the files from a filesystem. You'll basically be sending data over a network so it gets converted to TCP stuff anyway and they don't even have to know you have linux. jpegs are jpegs. Use zip instead of bzip or tar or tgz.

Mostly, you just have to find out what program they have to access the file. For example, if they need a document in microsoft office format, you'll have to convert OpenOffice docs to word docs or rtf. Or convert them to pdf so they can read them. If they need jpegs and you have jpegs, you're good to go. If they need .tif and you have .jpegs, then you'll have to convert your jpegs to tif files.

It's all about the file type, not the file system type. Now one thing you will have to watch for is that Windows doesn't care about case or spaces like linux does. So if you have two jpegs, picture1.jpg and picture1.JPG, those are two files in linux but only one file for windows.

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Old 02-23-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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Windows can deal with tar.gz/ and a lot more if you use the right archiving/packing program (WinRAR for example)
It does not have anything to do with vfat or NTFS vs. ext2 or reiserfs or some such...
All files are the same - except for .txt - which are ordinary text files without formatting.
Linux/UNIX uses a different sceme to do line-breaks than windows - and it does not rely on the file-extension eighter to deal with them...with the windows text-editor or word-pad that is no problem though.
As for files as .doc from MS-Office: OpenOffice does a great job at dealing with them and BTW:OpenOffice is also available for Windows - this way there would be no problems at all right from the start.

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