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I'm needing to read the Adam's Assembly Tutorials, that are old EDIT *.txt files, I'm on Linux and I need to read this files.

  • What can I do?
  • Is there any GUI editor that can read the files?
  • There is any way to convert them into another file that is more modern1?

1: Such as *.doc, *.txt(modern ones), *.pdf, *.ps...

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All editors can read plain text files. There is nothing unmodern in them. (All configuration files, all program source code, all websites, a lot of things are in plain text.)

If you want to see the characters as they were in DOS, use iconv to convert the character encoding to a "more modern" one, Unicode.

iconv -f cp437 -t utf-8 < file.txt > file.txt.new
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You might also run them through dos2unix to convert from DOS-style to Unix-style line endings. (Read the man page first; unlike most text filters, dos2unix and unix2dos like to convert files in place.) –  Keith Thompson Jun 22 '12 at 19:51
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There are literally dozens of programs that can read text files on Linux. If you want to save as doc or pdf, I would suggest you use openoffice.org writer.

BTW, there is nothing "unmodern" about the text files you're talking about. The format is old but it is still in widespread use and works just fine. It's like saying that a hammer is "unmodern" because these days nail guns exist.

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But the file have a different architecture, as bullets and these things that doesn't work. –  Nathan Campos Jan 24 '10 at 16:57
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They look fine on my Linux box. In OOo you need to select the character set "Western Europe (DOS/OS2-437 US)" when opening them. You may also need to change to a monospace font like Courier to make the layout work. –  CarlF Jan 24 '10 at 17:21
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