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Old 01-26-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Display binary (not hex or od, actual ones and zeros)

There's no functional purpose for this, but I would very much like to display binary files as they truly are - just ones and zeros. Does anyone know of a command line program which accomplishes this task?
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Well, the way the files "truly are" is one of two forms: stored charge (RAM), or magnetic fields (disk drive). So, you are going to need something like a sensitive voltmeter or magnetometer.........

Since demand is not high, I don't think any of the standard utilities have a binary option---thus you may need to write your own. Start with something like OD, and then set up a "case" construct to print out the binary code based on the octal output.
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Well, if you were prepared to settle for the data and a GUI program to do it, you would have lots of alternatives.
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xxd -b to display ones and zeroes

xxd -b does this.

$ cat test.txt
$ xxd -b test.txt
0000000: 01010100 01100101 01110011 01110100 00101110 00001010 Test..
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Android app

Try Hex2bin android app if you want it for your phone.


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