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Answering the X part of this XY problem, I would recommend you investigate the reason your binary file transfers don't transfer properly. If it turns out the reason is because you don't have an 8-bit clean datapath you could then use existing tools that were created to handle this situation, such as base64 or even uuencode. Old but still very effective. ...


od -An -vtx1 Check.tar > Check.txt You need -v or od will condense sequences of identical bytes. For the reverse: LC_ALL=C tr -cd 0-9a-fA-F < Check.txt | xxd -r -p > Check.tar Or: perl -ape '$_=pack "(H2)*", @F' Check.txt > Check.tar If your purpose is to transfer files over a channel that only supports ASCII text, then there are ...

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