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Old 01-07-2017, 03:03 PM  
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In ASCII mode text files are converted from DOS to UNIX format. (which is why the size is different)

With the DOS text format a line ends with a CR/LF and with UNIX text format a line ends with LF.

Most modern text editors (i.e. notepad++) support loading/saving and saving-as formats. In most cases the line endings are trivial and typically not an issue, however in the unlikely event that you run into problems, just make sure you save your files in UNIX text format.

I started using Binary mode for all my transfers several years ago because in many cases in Binary mode its just faster, also you don't have to worry about the FTP server mangling the text format during conversion.

This conversion takes place on the server side, and some FTP servers have started disabling the ability to use ASCII mode; they simply send in BINARY mode regardless.
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