vbscript skipline and cr line endings

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Hi Expert,

For some reason when I use the objFile.ReadLine method to read my text file, the entire file is returned as one long line. The file I'm opening is using CR line endings instead of CRLF or LF line endings. Does anyone know how I can read this file line by line in vbscript if ReadLine does not recognize CR line endings? Code is below:

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set txsInput = objFSO.OpenTextFile("C:\Path\To\My\File.csv",1)
'Read lines one by one
Do While txsInput.AtEndOfStream <> True
  strTemp = txsInput.ReadLine
  msgbox strTemp

Instead of alerting for each line, I get one alert with the entire file. Any help is appreciated.
  1. Re: vbscript skipline and cr line endings

    Hi Pravesh,

    .ReadLine won't work in your case, because it depends on the existence of a vbLf character. If you don't want to re-encode the line breaks or read the entire file and split it at vbCr (if the file is not-so-large):

    text = objFSO.OpenTextFile("C:\Path\To\My\File.csv").ReadAll

    For Each line In Split(text, vbCr)
    MsgBox line
    Re-encoding the file can be done like this:

    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    filename = "C:\path\to\your.csv"
    Set infile  = fso.OpenTextFile(filename)
    Set outfile = fso.OpenTextFile(filename & ".tmp", 2)

    Do Until infile.AtEndOfStream
    c = infile.Read(1)
    If c = vbCr Then
    outfile.Write vbCrLf
    outfile.Write c
    End If


    fso.DeleteFile filename, True
    fso.MoveFile filename & ".tmp", filename

    Or you could use something like recode for the conversion. Most text editors (e.g. Vim, Notepad++, SciTE, UltraEdit, …) can do this kind of conversion, too.