Friday, August 29, 2008

Hex Editor for GNome

Lately, I have been working on a project to parse a binary log file into text format. The requirements are that logs with 30 000 + records must parse quickly with low overhead on the production server.

In order to achieve this, I needed to know how the binary log was formatted. This was the most difficult part and I quickly realised I needed a descent Hex Editor. I settled on GHex ( Hex Editor for Gnome. ) Fedora 9 ships GHex in the Yum repositories.

# yum install ghex
HEX data can be viewed as bytes, words or long words. The data can be selected and there is a search tool.

Find the project's home page here: http://directory.fsf.org/project/ghex/
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