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Re: od


You have got to be kidding.

For the record, the x86 architecture is little-endian, PowerPC, e.g., is 
bid-endian. On the off chance that you're running Windows NT (and 
Cygwin???) on an Alpha, I have to admit I don't know which byte ordering it 

You will get the 16-bit output you want from od (any radix) if you run 
Darwin PPC, MacOS X or LinuxPPC, among other systems.

Otherwise, what you request ain't gonna happen. If you want od to interpret 
and display integers with sizes greater than 1 byte in a way that differs 
from that of the local processor, you could create a hacked version of "od" 
for your personal use.

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 06:03 2002-02-19, David wrote:
>Hi Mark,
>Thank you for your reply to my message about the od utility: I wrote:
>  >> I created at test file with 4 characters in it:
>  >>
>  >>     HTTP
>  >>
>  >> Then, I run od -bcx and I get:
>  >>
>  >> 110 124 124 120 012 000
>  >>   H   T   T   P  \n  \0
>  >> 5448 5054 000a
>You wrote:
>  > 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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