View non-printing characters with cat

cat -v -t -e
Useful to detect number of tabs in an empty line, DOS newline (carriage return + newline). A tool that can help you understand why your parsing is not working.
Sample Output
$ cat sample.txt
Tab    followed_by unix_newline
Tab    followed_by dos_newline
$ cat -v -t -e sample.txt
Tab^Ifollowed_by unix_newline$
Tab^Ifollowed_by dos_newline^M$

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2009-03-24 19:29:03

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