Editing binary files

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Mon Jun 7 09:56:34 UTC 2010

On 7 June 2010 12:54, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Some binary files do contain plain text in them. In theory, is it
> possible to edit this plain text in an editor such as VIM and then
> expect the binary to run?
> I am specifically asking about some convoluted file format that I
> cannot upload an example of, but the user lost the original files to
> make it yet the parts that he needs changed are visible as plaintext
> when opening in VIM. Despite it not working and my insistence that it
> shouldn't work, the user _insists_ that he has done this before.
> What say you?

Note that I am not talking about editing with a hex editor, apparently
these binary files were in fact edited by Notepad++ in Windows
sometime in the past. I do have reason to believe that the user is in
fact right.

Dotan Cohen


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