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.


od has the --width=N argument, which you can use to choose how many bytes per line, perhaps that's what you're looking for? hexdump has a -e FORMATSTRING which has promise, but I've never played too much with it.

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  • hey thanks for the tip about width in od, my man pages didn't have that! – newenglander May 4 '12 at 22:05
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    @newenglander as mentioned under SEE ALSO you should also check info coreutils 'od invocation'. – Thor May 4 '12 at 22:09
  • With anything GNU, it's always a good idea to check the info page. It has much more information. – jsbillings May 4 '12 at 22:09
  • Thanks for the extra tip, my SEE ALSO only had hexdump(1), strings(1). – newenglander May 4 '12 at 22:15
  • Calling info coreutils 'od invocation' on my systems (Mac OS X, FreeBSD) gives me the message No menu item 'coreutils' in node '(dir)Top'. But I did try it on Linux and it was indeed more helpful (but then again so was the man page on that system). – newenglander May 6 '12 at 14:37

I know this is an old question, but for completeness, here is an example hexdump command that prints 8 bytes per line:

hexdump -e '8/1 " %02X" "\n"' <file>

More information about hexdump format strings can be found at these links:

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