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Old 01-18-2013, 02:47 AM   #1
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linux hexedit layout trying to understand

hi there , I was wondering the following if someone could clarify please.

i was trying to understand the layout of hexedit pertaining to the following that a user would see on screen. sorry if formatting is messed up, im doing it on a netbook.

00000000 FA B8 00 10 8E D0 BC 00 B0 B8 00 00 8E D8 8E C0 FB BE 00 7C ...................|
00000014 BF 00 06 B9 00 02 F3 A4 EA 21 06 00 00 BE BE 07 38 04 75 0B .........!......8.u.
00000028 83 C6 10 81 FE FE 07 75 F3 EB 16 B4 02 B0 01 BB 00 7C B2 80 .......u.........|..

such as why is the left hand column in hexedit list its hex values by order of 20 in decimal.

such as

but if you launch hexedit with the -s switch the left column the values for each line is multiples of 16,
such as


is this because hex is a base 16 system. sorry for such a dumb question, I was interested in finding a distinct reason for the way hexedit is lay'd out if possible as well as why a standard view of hexedit shows the data in hex in columns of 5.

such as

D5 4F 05 0000 00 00 2021 00 07 1A3B 1F 00 08 00 00 00 98

thank you.

I hope my question is understandable.

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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That "hex is a base 16 system" doesn't follow that it should groups successive bytes by 16. It is unrelated. It depends on what structure you want to see. For example someone want to see a data with array of integers and one char, and grouping by 5 or 10 would be very helpful. The default behavior is not to display 5 columns, but maximize the view. For example in my terminal with 170 columns I see by default 9 groups of 4 bytes in one row.
Old 01-18-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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most of the time , for most binary files. there is no "real" human readable info
however there are some people that are rather fluent in reading it

so most of the time there is really nothing for most people to "read" in hexedit

now there are always exceptions
an ordered binary data set

or what i read mostly in a hex editor
the 3d model format "*.3ds" and the (binary) "*.cmod" meshes

there is plain test in them


such as
lines of code
it is basically the line number ( in blocks of code)

depending on just what hex editor one is using the window can be a bit different but mostly it is like this

3 sections
left is the "number of blocks"
-- the format can be --
1)Hexadecimal --base 16
2)decimal --base 10
3)binary --base 2
4)octal --base 8

and the right
sort of ? kind of ? maybe ? human readable plain text
here is a screen capture of reading a 3ds 3d mesh
on the right you can see some of the plain text words
Old 01-18-2013, 07:45 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by deleted07 View Post
i was trying to understand the layout of hexedit
The default layout depends on the width of the terminal window that you are running it in.

I'm not sure of the rules for the -s layout.

You seem to be asking a simple question in a complicated way, so I might have misunderstood your question. If I have (and the other answers above also don't explain what you need) try asking more clearly.

But try changing the width of the terminal window and rerunning hexedit and see what is different. That experiment may tell you more than we can explain.


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