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Is there a way to find files containing only non-printing characters?

I've got a program that's behaving badly and has created a number of files with only a few non-printing characters. If I were to cat the files, I see nothing (since they are non-printing chars). ...
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In emacs, is there a way to Hex edit/view a buffer without losing the undo info?

When I use hexl-mode in emacs, it discards the buffer's undo info. Is there another way to hex-edit the buffer and yet retain the undo info? If there is no alternative hex-editor, is there a ...
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What is Binary package? How to build them?

I want to get detail about binary package and run them on linux. I am running Debian base (Ubuntu/Linux mint) Linux os. How to build binary package from source? And can I directly download binary ...
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md5sum command binary and text mode

The GNU md5sum command has two modes: binary mode and text mode. I guess the difference is only on how newline characters are handled? Am I right? On GNU/Linux, the two modes always produce same ...
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In an empty environment, how are executables found?

For experimentation purposes I created a binary that prints the $PATH, and calls which as follows: #include <stdlib.h> #include <stdio.h> int main() { char *path = getenv("PATH"); ...
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Is it possible to keep a FreeBSD system up to date (base system + packages) using only binaries?

I have been using Debian and NetBSD systems for a long time, and I have got used to do binaries upgrades for the base system and for packages (using pkgin with NetBSD) Now the NetBSD kernel does not ...
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Is it possible to cache external binary in a shell script?

My question, might sounds a bit strange, but this morning I read this question: Why is “echo” so much faster than “touch”? I perfectly understand the concept of built-in function, but I wonder if you ...
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How to add new elements to PATH for daemons (or other best practices)?

I want to add some scripts for custom administrative work to a Linux server (Ubuntu 12.04). Ultimately those scripts are callback scripts from at least one daemon (PostgreSQL in my case but that ...
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How to issue a warning to administrator (when the administrator issues a system restart) when user has process running

Background I work on a development team and for each project we have a different server setup to emulate the environment of our customers. It can be hard to keep track of what I was doing on each ...
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Why using cat on binary files messed up the terminal and how?

If I understand correctly the cat manual: concatenate files and print on the standard output cat will take files as argument and print them on standard output. What I don't get is if I use the ...
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Loop through binary data chunks from stdin in Bash

I'm looking for something like while IFS= read -r -n $length str; do ... done but for binary data. Is it possible to do this using dd or other tools? Is there some technique to make these tools able ...
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On executable files in Linux [closed]

It is said that in linux, unlike Windows, there's not a clear border between executables and other files. Well, in Windows, I write a C++ program, then it is precompiled, compiled and then linked to ...
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How to store an image file in bash variable?

After I use the following command, pngString="$(cat example.png)" echo -n "$pngString" > tmp.png I can't open the tmp.png as a PNG file. Maybe some information is lost when I use $pngString ...
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How can I make awk on Busybox treat the entire input with NULL character in between as a single record?

I wrote a base64 encode script for my Busybox system. #!/bin/sh base64encode() { /usr/bin/awk -- ' function asc(char,l_found) { l_found=0; for (i=0;i<=255;i++){ if ...
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Is there a way to “stabilize” past built unstable Gentoo binary packages without rebuilding?

Here's the scenario: build some ~amd64 package versions on your binhost later those same package versions go stable in portage, so no version bumps involved even if packages are listed stable in ...
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Pasting binary data into a Unicode terminal

I need to be able to paste binary data into a terminal. For some reason, every byte outside the ASCII range (0x80-0xff) is pasted as the same three byte sequence 0xef 0xbf 0xbd. For example: $ echo ...
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Merge nonzero blocks of huge (sparse) file A into huge file B

I have two partial disk images from a failing hard drive. File B contains the bulk of the disk's contents, with gaps where sector reads failed. File A is the result of telling ddrescue to retry all ...
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How to handle binary data in Linux [closed]

One of the my servers gives me data with Content-Type: application/binary, i.e data that I am getting looks like some alien data. Now I need to convert that data into plain data, but I am not aware ...
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Bash: For loop with binary range keeping control value binary

Let's say I have two bash variables that contain binary values: a=0011 # decimal 3 b=1000 # decimal 8 Is there a way I can loop through all the possible values between $a and $b keeping it binary? ...
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How can I format the output of stat to contain the null character?

I want to delimit file paths by using the null character (NUL, \0, ...) just like for example find -print0 does. I'm using bash and I tried the following without success: find $1 -print0 > ...
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Solaris 10 - what is appserv and boot.server? What do they do?

I'm working in a Solaris 10 zone on legacy startup scripts in the /etc/rc3.d/ There are two items that I don't know what they do. I know how legacy start-up works but just don't know what these items ...
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How to find binary executables within a directory

How do I list all binary executable files recursively within a directory? I use find command like this: find /mydir/mysubdir -executable -type f All executable files are listed (excluding ...
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Binary to hexadecimal and decimal in a shell script

I have a context where I need to convert binary to hexadecimal and decimal and viceversa in a shell script. Can someone suggest me a tool for this?
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MySQL aborting during initial db installation

Linux version: shell> cat /proc/version Linux version 3.2.0-4-686-pae (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Debian 4.6.3-14) ) #1 SMP Debian 3.2.46-1+deb7u1 Installing MySQL ...
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“No such file or directory” on files that exist? [duplicate]

In the past day, I've found at least 4 binaries that say "bin-name: No such file or directory" when I try to run them. Even if I type part of the name and tab complete it, I get the same error. I'm on ...
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How could I use Bash to find 2 bytes in a binary file, increase their values, and replace?

I'm trying to find two bytes inside binary file, then increase value of those two bytes and replace them inside file. Those two bytes are on positions 0x82-0x83. For now on I have successfully ...
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How can I create my own imagemagick binary releases?

I'm looking for a way to build ImageMagick binary distributions for deploying my app. I only need it for Kinux 64-bit (Ubuntu/Debian) and OSX. Actually building it is fine, but I have no idea how to ...
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convert a hex string to binary and send with netcat

I have a binary file that I can send with netcat: $ nc -l localhost 8181 < my.dat The file contains this: $ xxd my.dat 0000000: 0006 3030 3030 4e43 ..0000NC What I really ...
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stream a certificate to stdout to download it in php

Related Questions : when downloading certficate binary data , result is invalid certificate Download binary stream data from browser using PHP with web service “ downloaded file is corrupted ” ...
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Fix terminal after displaying a binary file

I'd tried command cat with an executable file: cat /bin/ls Now I can't read any word in this terminal (Linux console). How can I fix it?
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Latest (or at least non-ancient) Chromium binary?

I've recently been migrating to Puppy Linux (last OS was Ubuntu,) and the only version of Chromium currently available is about as old as the one in the Ubuntu repositories. I really suck at have not ...
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dowload find binary , accidentally deleted /usr/bin/find binary file

I accidentally deleted all some binaries by rm -r f*, when my current directory was /usr/bin/ . So i couldn't install any files including findutils, since 'find' binary is the prerequisite for ...
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/usr/bin vs /usr/local/bin on Linux

Why are there so many places to put a binary in Linux? There are atleast these five: /bin/ /sbin/ /usr/bin/ /usr/local/bin/ /usr/local/sbin/ And on my office box, I do not have write permissions ...
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Passing binary data to curl without using a @file

Is it possible to use curl and post binary data without passing in a file name? For example, you can post a form using binary via --data-binary: curl -X POST --data-binary @myfile.bin http://foo.com ...
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How to interpret an octal or hex dump of a binary file?

The binary file has strings and some numbers, If I do od -c filename or strings filename, I can see the strings properly. But, what about numbers? They are in some weird format. The text after doing ...
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Is adding ./bin a bad idea

I can't think of any reason why adding ./bin to my PATH environment would be a very bad idea. I usually create bin folders in my projects that I am working in and I hate doing bin/command, it would ...
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How can I handle raw binary data in a bash pipe?

I have a bash function that takes a file as a parameter, verifies the file exists, then writes anything coming off stdin to the file. The naive solution works fine for text, but I am having problems ...
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Single-user binary installation location?

I'd like to install a binary for only my user, because I don't have root, and therefore don't have access to /usr/bin. I've tried ~/bin, and it can't find the binary. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.7. Is there ...
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What is produced after using cat on an image?

Let's say one creates a file like so: touch myFile You enter some text in it with vim or whatever, and then use cat myFile to spit the contents out into the terminal. Now, what happens when I use ...
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diff binary files of different sizes?

Is there a neat way to see the difference between two binary files? They are mostly the same, but some bytes are changed, and one of the files has sequences inserted in some places. Diffing the ...
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Cannot execute binary file on Linux server [closed]

I'm currently trying to run Knime (a Java-based program) on a Linux server, and every time I try to execute the file (knime) it gives me a "cannot execute binary file" error. I've posted the relevant ...
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Are there alternatives for `dd`?

What other tools should I use to read and write files with truncation, seeking and skipping. dd's command line options seem inconvenient and foreign and I don't like choosing between slow, but precise ...
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Mystery of binary files

This is about files straight from the compiler, say g++, and the -o (outfile) flag. If they are binary, shouldn't they just be a bunch of 0's and 1's? When you cat them, you get unintelligible ...
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Is there a way to use/recompile libgio-2.0 on machine with libc-2.5?

I have a program (JavaFX 2, namely), and one of its binaries (libglass.so) requires libgio-2.0.so.0. The problem is, the system, on which I need to run the app, is quite old and mostly out of my ...
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how to find offset of one binary file inside another?

I have two binary files. One of few hundreds kilos and other of few gigabytes. I want to know whether the whole, smaller, file is contained within the larger one and if so then what is the offset from ...
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Linux from Binaries

I thought Linux from Scratch was a pretty cool tutorial, but I felt having to wait for everything to compile was a bit nerve-wreaking. Is there a tutorial similar to LFS except pre-compiled binaries ...
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How to change the default line length for od and hexdump

Is there any way to change the default line length for the od and hexdump commands? Can't see anything apropriate in the man pages.
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skype not found on Oneiric 64, but it is right there [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't execute some binaries in chroot environment (zsh: Not found) I have something weird here. Cannot find a file although it is right there. $ skype command not ...
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Is it a script or is it a binary?

At the end, it looks like it's just a regular sh script: [USER@MACHINE ~/Desktop/D] head -2 truecrypt-7.1-setup-x86 #!/bin/sh CHECKSUM=163123652 but @the scripts end: [USER@MACHINE ~/Desktop/D] ...
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How to follow (a la “tail -f”) a binary file from the beginning?

Is it possible to follow a binary file from the beginning, a la tail -f? This is useful in some cases, for example if I'm scping a file to a remote server, and at the same time I want to feed it to ...