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I have several binary files with the character 0x04 in them, and I'd like to add an escape \ character before each. Is there a script I can use to do this without needing to manually edit each one?

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You can use GNU sed as in the following example:

for file in /path/*; do
  sed -i 's/\x04/\\&/g' "$file"

Be aware that -i option modify the file in place, so be sure to have a backup, something should go wrong.

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That's works perfectly many thanks Enzo and Michael!!! – Luiz Aug 11 '11 at 20:00
@Luiz You can upvote this and accept it if it solved your problem – Michael Mrozek Aug 11 '11 at 20:35

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