od: Not “overdose” nor “olive drab”

Until yesterday I didn’t even know the od tool existed.


Which tells you either I haven’t been paying attention, or it’s just never happened that I needed an octal dump utility. 😕 But at least now the name makes sense. 🙄

You can see the kinds of things od can do in the screenshot above, and the flag options for od are a mile long. I swear it.

And since od can dump to several different output “types” — including human-readable characters — it means it does have some utility beyond spitting out long lists of numbers between 0 and 7.

But mostly I include it because I happen to think very highly of anything out of coreutils … even if it just dumps files to octal. 😐