View Full Version : How can I edit a binary file
December 17th, 2007, 10:55 AM
I am attempting to open a file via the command line with vi. The file is apparently a binary file. I cant edit it is there another application that I should open this file with, possibly in the GUI?
December 17th, 2007, 12:14 PM
Is this a .bin file? Those can usually be opened in OS X by double-clicking them.
(or more about the file if not - what kind of binary file is it supposed to be?_
December 17th, 2007, 12:41 PM
This is a file that is meant to be edited with a text editor for EMC Retrospect Backup Software. I do not believe that it is a .bin. The icon shows it as a script, which it is. The script is invoked when the backup fails, The system generates an e-mail to the addresses listed in this script.
December 17th, 2007, 01:39 PM
What you need is a hex editor. 0xED (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22750/0xed) is a pretty good one that I use.
December 17th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Do you have Retrospect installed? I would think it comes with an editor if it has special needs for it. (otherwise I'd probably just use vim or e.g. Smultron)
December 17th, 2007, 05:52 PM
Yes I have Retrospect installed. I was able to find and use 'Script Editor' which was already installed.
I edited my script but it is not working. I know nothing about Apple Script. I called EMC, they do not support Apple Scripting. They suggested I call Apple.
I followed the EMC User Guide / Manual exactly.
I suspect the problem is with the invocation of the Mac mail client program. EMC said that Mac Users use about one of four e-mail clients and that could be where my problem is.
December 18th, 2007, 03:22 PM
And Apple would not support AppleScripting either except maybe in enterprise configurations.
Could the person who sent it to you send a copy in zipped format? Maybe the file resource forks went missing...