[Python-Dev] Strings: '\012' -> '\n'

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Tue, 16 Jan 2001 00:31:14 -0500

Tim Peters <tim.one@home.com>:
> Do people actually use octal dumps on Unices anymore? 

Well, we do when we momentarily forget to give od(1) the -x escape :-)

This so annoyed me that back around 1983 I wrote my own hex dumper
specifically to emulate the 16-hex-bytes-with-midpage-gutter-and-ASCII-
over-on-the-right-side format that CP/M used and DOS inherited.  It's
still available at <http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/hex/>.

Do you know the history on this?  C speaks octal because a bunch of 
mode fields in the PDP-11 instruction word were three bits wide.
Time was it was actually useful to have the output from (say)
core files chunk that way. But I haven't seen an octal code dump 
in over a decade, probably pushing fifteen years now.  
		<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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