Resolved Sediment? xtra 0x0A after `sed ... < x.bin`

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  1. zeppenwolf, Dec 27, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2013

    zeppenwolf macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2009
    I couldn't tell from the man page (!) if it was kosher to use 'sed' on a binary file... so I went ahead and tried it, and it works fine.

    It works fine as far as substituting old_string for new_string, but the thing that's bugging me is that the new file always has one extra char, 0x0A, tacked onto the end. ( What the heck is 0x0A anyhow, it's not a newline??? )

    Is there any way to prevent sed from adding that one char?
  2. subsonix macrumors 68040

    Feb 2, 2008
    0xA is a newline and sed appends it to the output. Not sure if/how you can prevent that though, you have to look further.
  3. northerngit macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    You could try piping your output to 'tr'. For example,

    sed .... | tr -d '\n'
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    So many bees
    Use xxd to convert to hex, then run sed (using hex to designate what to replace), then run that output through xxd to translate it back to binary.

    The -p and -r options will probably be of most interest.

    For better or worse, sed is primarily an editor of text, not binary. Thus, its conventions and capabilities are inextricably rooted in text processing. Visit its online man page and see how many times the word newline appears.
  5. zeppenwolf thread starter macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2009
    Ok, guys, thanks for the help.

    One thing I should have mentioned-- it didn't occur to me at the time-- is that old_string is the same length as new_string, (quite deliberately, in fact). So, naturally, the size of the file shouldn't change, which, after all, is how I noticed in the first place that sed was adding one extra char at the end.

    So anyway, after thinking forever and googling my buns off, I came up with this:

    sed s/MyOldString_${old)/MyOldString_${new}/g <MyBinFile >MyBinFile.tmp
    eval $(stat -s MyBinFile)
    head -c $st_size MyBinFile.tmp > MyBinFile_${new}
    IOW, just get the size of the file, then chop the "new" file to that size...
  6. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    A safer (to avoid any ASCII/binary conversion corruption) way to do this binary edit is to use vim in binary mode.

    vim -b -c "%s/MyOldString_${old)/MyOldString_${new}/g" -c "w MyBinFile_${new}" -c 'q!' MyBinFile.tmp
    The vim command arguments are:
    • -b means start vim in binary mode.
    • -c "%s/MyOldString_${old)/MyOldString_${new}/g" means after opening the file perform the vim command to search the file for the pattern and replace every found instance of the pattern with the new pattern. This is the same search command that can be typed into vim at the ":" prompt.
    • -c "w MyBinFile_${new}" means write the contents of the vim buffer to the file MyBinFile_${new}.
    • -c 'q!' means perform the vim command to exit vim without saving the buffer.

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