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Re: od

----- Original Message -----
From: "David" <>
To: "Mark Himsley" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 06:03
Subject: Re: od

>  > >You can see that the hex values in the last line are reversed.
>  > >I think they should be 4854 5450 000a.
>  >
>  > Only if you were on a big-endian platform.
> I can understand what you are saying if I interpret it to mean that
> the hex storage values on my machine WindowsNT - which I assume from
> you message is a big-endian platform - are faithfully represented
> by the output from the od -bcx display.
> What then surprises me is that the octal representation of this
> same storage is 110 124 124 120 which is what I would expect.
> It seems to me that you are suggesting that the only correct
> representation of the hex storage values would require od to
> ouput an ascii value of THPT. I reject, and od itself contradicts,
> this interpretation of the storage values as being meaningful.
> I urge you to reconsider your opinion and to modify od to
> output 4854 5450.

No-one here can modify how od works.  If it is really important to you, take
it up with the appropriate GNU group.  Don't expect a lot of sympathy from
them though, this behavior has been consistent for decades.
Mac :})
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