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Linux Magazine: Performing Data Surgery

Jan 14, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Peek)

"A year ago, the November 2003 'Power Tools' column... looked into some lesser-known tools for editing text: the line editors ex and ed, and the stream editor sed.

"This month, let's dig deeper and see some uses for the almost-unknown utility dd -- which has many more uses than just reading data from magnetic tapes (one of its most common uses in years past). On the way, we'll touch upon the better-known editing utilities head and tail, the 'octal dump' utility od, the /dev/random device, and more..."

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