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- From: David <cupcake at otaku dot freeshell dot org>
- To: Mark Himsley <mark at mdsh dot com>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 14:03:55 GMT
- Subject: Re: od
Thank you for your reply to my message about the od utility: I wrote:
>> I created at test file with 4 characters in it:
>> Then, I run od -bcx and I get:
>> 110 124 124 120 012 000
>> H T T P \n \0
>> 5448 5054 000a
> That is correct in this little-endian platform, see
> >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.
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