Notepad can't...interpret the code parts of a stack?

Alex Tweedly alex at
Sat Feb 5 09:25:33 EST 2005

Erik Hansen wrote:

>--- Alex Tweedly <alex at> wrote:
>>...use a basic text editor and just copy the 
>>script code out and paste into a new stack.
>>(Notepad can't do it, but Emacs has no problem
>>finding and sensibly 
>>interpreting the code parts of a stack).
>this sounds ominous,
>could you please elaborate?
Sorry Erik - just noticed the Subject line, and realized that I may have 
misinterpreted what you were asking about.

There's nothing ominous about the fact that Notepad can't interpret the 
code from a stack file; I'm not talking about cutting/pasting the script 
from a stack into Notepad - that works fine. I'm talking about opening 
the stack file in an editor, and then picking out the parts that are 
script; the stack is mixed binary and ascii data, and Notepad fails to 
interpret the line endings in the ascii part - so you get very long 
lines all bundled together. Wordpad and Emacs are quite happy to 
interpret the binary sections in their own way - and still let you see 
and edit the ascii parts cleanly; because they recognize line endings 
OK, the text parts look fine (except for the first line of a script, 
which is usually tacked onto the end of a string of binary data)

-- Alex.
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