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bug#29012: od: busy skip on block devices

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#29012: od: busy skip on block devices
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:25:25 -0700
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On 26/10/17 08:13, Christian Kögler wrote:
> If od is used on block devices together with skip, od reads the skipped bytes 
> instead of seeking it.

Yes it has done that from the initial version.
Note od concatenates multiple files, and skips across
all of them, so consequently restricts itself to
seeking where it knows the file length (regular files).

I suppose we could try to seek if a single argument was specified.

As an alternative you could skip with dd and pipe to od?


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