[Python-Dev] Strings: '\012' -> '\n'
Eric S. Raymond
Tue, 16 Jan 2001 00:31:14 -0500
Tim Peters <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 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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or use of a 'shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches
in length' at this time has some reasonable relationship to the
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