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Re: Bug#792903: ITP: hdump -- Hexadecimal and ASCII dumper for binary files

Hi Simon,

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.


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