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That "^M" is Ctrl-M, which is a carriage return, and is not needed in Unix file systems.
Where ^V is actually Ctrl-V and ^M is actually Ctrl-M (you must type these yourself, don't just copy and paste this command). ^V will not be displayed on your screen.
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just deletes to rogue CR from dos files, and tr is always available.
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