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Re: suggestion for binary search output

From: Matthew Woehlke
Subject: Re: suggestion for binary search output
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:37:07 -0600
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Andreas Schwab wrote:
Walt Pawley writes:
I've had several occasions to want to extract the byte-offset
of a text string in a binary file. The various versions of grep
I've used won't provide that unless the file is treated as text
- printing a line indicating that the string is present.

You can use -a to force treatment as non-binary.

I read the above as "...and I don't want to use -a" ("unless the file is treated as text" to me implies that he knows about -a, but isn't satisfied with that solution). Maybe something like "Binary file foo matches at offset 67" is what he would like?


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