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Re: What is the opposite of 'printf'?

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: What is the opposite of 'printf'?
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 15:02:50 -0600
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Matthew Woehlke wrote:
I am looking for a way to convert binary data to a format that 'printf' will understand (and more importantly, from which '<something> | sed 's/\\/\\\\/g' | xargs printf' will produce the same output as the input). Am I missing such a utility, or might this be an opportunity for me to write 'unprintf' for coreutils?

Given the remainder of this thread, can one of the maintainers offer an opinion on whether or not 'unprintf' (also useful for programmers; again, see rest of the thread) would be a useful addition to coreutils, or perhaps some other existing GNU project? I already have a usable program (the algorithm parts are done, it mainly needs interface polishing) that is going to linger as proprietary code if no one is interested in it.

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