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od -t b?

From: Daniel Janus
Subject: od -t b?
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005 22:23:27 +0200 (CEST)


I've just tried to use od to dump a file in base 2, that is, as a sequence of ones and zeroes, and after consulting the documentation, noticed that there was no such option.

My question: is it just an overlooking, or is the lack of this feature deliberate? If it's not, would the users find the '-t b' option useful? (I surely would, and it looks like I'm not the only one: Googling for 'od binary' yields a five-year-old message to bug-gnu-utils, http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnu-utils/2000-12/msg00147.html --
apparently unanswered.)

And finally, what issues, if any, should I be aware of if I wanted to contribute to coreutils by adding such an option? I have quite strong C experience, but never hacked on GNU source.

Daniel Janus

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