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How to decode text file with symbols like \uXXXX?

I have a 10 Mb file containing \uXXXX characters. How can I decode this with Sublime Text? Example:
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How to watch text file changes over time?

I am looking for a tool that allows me to watch text file changes in the spirit of tail -f or the less [F] feature but not only for data appended to the file but for overall changes. My dream tool ...
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Why does Excel only invoke the Text Import Wizard for .txt files?

Excel ignores comma delimiters in .csv files, but invokes the Text Import Wizard for .txt files that "appear delimited". Surely it should behave the same way for .csv files?
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Cmd output to file gives wrong character encoding

When I redirect the cmd command tree to a text file: tree > c:\tree.txt and open the file with notepad I get the following result: Folder PATH listing Volume serial number is 00000:0000 Z:. ...
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How do I replace a numeric label in one text file with the corresponding alphabetic name in a second text file?

I have two text files. In the first text file, I have a phylogenetic tree written as a series of sets as follows: (1,(((((((((163,164, etc. In the second text file, I have the taxon names as ...
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How to format my text file for better appearance?

I want to format my text file for better appearance. So I want any command or any shell script which will format my file as per my expectation. Input File: Index Name City 1. Ravi Bhuva Ahmedabad 2. ...
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How do I get Google Drive to open text files with arbitrary extensions as text files?

I have text files on Google Drive that do not end with the .txt suffix (such as: .r, .bas, .awk...). I want to view them using the Drive Notepad app, but it does not recognize the files as text. Is ...
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Recovery text data from a NTFS partition after disk checking

I have a Win 7 laptop. Today, when I have started Windows, it asked me for checking the partition F on my hard drive. I accepted. It shows the message that it will delete invalid entries ... And ...
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How do I convert many text files from <some_encoding> to utf8-no-bom?

I'm looking to convert lots of text files (40+) from ISO-Latin-1 to UTF8-no-bom. How can I accomplish this?
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Filter file when a column is in whitelist

Suppose I have two files, File A: a,abcdef b,bcdefa c,cdefab a,defabc b,efabcd c,fabcde And File B: a b The output I'm looking for is: a,abcdef b,bcdefa a,defabc b,efabcd So, basically, I ...
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How to create files named after lines in a text file under Linux

I have a text file which contains a list of items (one for each line) and I need to create, in a given directory, a file for every entry in the said list; each one of these files should be named with ...
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Display Text File On Desktop

I am looking for freeware that will allow me to display a text file on my windows desktop. Hopefully some software that is lightweight, and will work on WinXP to Win8. I plan to use this freeware in ...
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file changes — notification and diff

I'm looking for a way to be notified if a text file changes (Windows 7), and be offered a file diff upon such a change. For example, the text editor Notepad++ does part of this, notifying me of an ...
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Edit first line of large text file

I have a huge text file, far too big for the whole thing to be paged into memory. All I need to do with this text file is edit the first line (its a CSV file and I need to alter the titles). Is there ...
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How do I create a multiline text file with Echo in Windows command prompt?

I'm using Windows 7 and I would like to quickly create a small text file with a few lines of text in the Command prompt. I can create a single line text file with: echo hello > myfile.txt but ...
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Free WinMerge alternative with more clear line comparison [closed]

I use WinMerge to compare text files, usually alogn with TortoiseSVN. It is pretty good. The only thing which is inconvenient for me is very rough line comparison. For instance, if I have two long ...
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How to replace part of a text file between markers with another text file?

Say I have a text file like this: # custom content section a b ### BEGIN GENERATED CONTENT c d ### END GENERATED CONTENT I'd like to replace the portion between the GENERATED CONTENT tags with the ...
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How can I make an Excel pivot table from very large text file?

I have a text file with tab delimited columns, that is longer than can be imported into an Excel worksheet (> 1,000,000 rows). I'm trying to figure out how to create an Excel pivot table from the data ...
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convert lines to fixed column length

I would like to simply take a given text file and enforce a maximum column length of say 80. How can I turn this: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new ...
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Why a 200 MB text file overloads 4gB ram

I wrote a simple program in c++ that does some calculations, outputs a number to a textfile, and repeats. Several million times. The final text file was around 215 megabytes, yet when I opened it, ...
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Utility to normalize text files

Does there exist a command line utility to check for and ideally fix grunge in text files? e.g. Inconsistent or non-native line endings (lf vs cr/lf) Extra whitespace at end of lines Spurious byte ...
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How can I see what the format of my textfile is?

I have a textfile and I want to know whether it is Ascii or UTF-8 or something else. How can I see this? Any tool or website that I can use?
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Command-line tool to measure how fast a file is growing?

Is there a command-line tool to measure how fast a text file is growing, in units of lines/second? For small-ish files, I can do something with watch and wc -l, but that measures the file anew each ...
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Saving a tab separated file in Excel without quotes

I have a tab separated value file that I want to edit in Excel. When Excel saves the file it modifies any column with quotes. It puts quotes around the whole column, and then double any quotes within ...
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Is there any simple text file format that supports versioning?

I'm looking for something that has the following features: Single file that has all versioning information stored in it (I believe Microsoft Word has a feature similar to this). I only need it for ...
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How do I export the history from the Windows command line to a text file?

How do I export the history from the Windows command line to a text file? I think you can do it in Linux as something like "history >filename.txt", but how do you do it in Windows? I'm a geneticist, ...
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Open massive file on Mac?

I'm looking to open a massive text file on my mac. The file is just over 10Gigs. I won't get into how it was created or what it's use is, since it isn't really relevant to the question. Are there any ...
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Make IrfanView ignore text files or other file types?

I just installed IrfanView and while viewing images, I notice IrfanView iterates text files as well as image files. How do I make it NOT include text files (or other kinds of files) in its iteration?