Editing binary files

Martin Webster lists at martinwebster.eu
Mon Jun 7 20:24:53 UTC 2010

Hello Dotan,

On Mon, 7 Jun 2010 12:56:34 +0300
Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:

> > 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.

Although the original file was created in Notepad++ this doesn't
prevent you from using a hex editor. This is still the best option
since you are less likely to damage the integrity of the file.

BTW, Notepad++ has a hex editor plug-in; perhaps that was used? Also,
Notepad++ is based on Scintilla (SciTE) which runs on Ubuntu.

As ever,

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