Re: Bug#792903: ITP: hdump -- Hexadecimal and ASCII dumper for binary files
On 20-07-2015 04:28, Simon McVittie wrote:
On 20/07/15 00:04, Paulo Kretcheu wrote:
Description : Hexadecimal and ASCII dumper for binary files
Does this have significant advantages over these tools that are already
in the archive and likely to be near-ubiquitous on GNU systems?
* od -t x1 (part of coreutils, and a subset of its functionality is
standardized in POSIX)
* hd, aka hexdump (part of bsdmainutils)
* xxd (part of vim-common)
Yes, you're right, there are other tools, but in my opinion, this
program can interest people with less technical skils because of it
output design and simplicity.
I personally prefer xxd, because it gives reasonable output (hex +
ASCII) without requiring special command-line options, and can also be
used "in reverse" to patch or create binaries from hex input.
- Number of columns adjustable by constant in the source.
That's not much of an advantage in a binary distribution like Debian.
xxd can adjust this at runtime with the -c/-cols command-line option.
My mistake! Columns, can be defined by command line option -c and also
bytes to skip, option -s, and length of bytes to read, option -n.