[CentOS] exam txt file

Thu Apr 17 13:13:40 UTC 2008
Hiep Nguyen <hiep at ee.ucr.edu>

yes, corruption indeed, but i want to study why the program writes ^@ to 
this file.

t. hiep

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On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 05:56:36AM -0700, Hiep Nguyen wrote:
>  hi all, i have centos 5 w/o gui.  i can only have access via ssh.
>  i have a text file that contains special (unprintable) characters, what 
>  editor i can use to exam what those character are???
>  i use vi, but i don't know what is ^@

^@ is the nul byte (zero byte).

>  may be an editor that can show ASCII as dec or hex.

xxd, included with vi, can show you the hex dump followed by the ascii
one, while hexedit allows you to edit the file either entering the
hexadecimal value or the ascii one.

Anyway, a text file with \000 is very unusual, maybe it got corrupted?

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