Provided by: vche_1.7.2-7_i386 bug


       vche - virtual console hex editor


       vche [filename...]

       vche-nc [filename...]

       vche-raw [filename...]


       vche  is  a  hex  editor  and  viewer  which  lets  you see all the 256
       characters, as found in video ROM.

       It uses the /dev/vcs[1-63] and /dev/vcsa[0-63] character devices to  do
       all  it’s screen I/O. So this version will run only on Linux on a local
       console, and not under X or remote sessions.

       vche-nc It is the NCURSES version, it will use that library to  do  all
       the screen I/O, so it will not show non-printable ASCII.

       vche-raw  It  is  the Run AnyWhere version (or RAW version, his name is
       twofold), it does all the screen I/O using the linux console escape and
       control  sequences,  for  more information see the console_codes(4) man

       There are six flags, each one shows the current program state  and  the
       behavior vche will have. See vche.conf(5) for a complete description.

   Bit operations
       When  you  are  in edit mode you can press F3 to set the edit mask. The
       edit mask is a mask used in bit operations. If you want,  for  example,
       to  XOR  some bytes, the value used to XOR that bytes is the edit mask.
       The bit operations are:

       XOR    Do a XOR on the byte at cursor position with the  value  set  in
              the edit mask.

       OR     Do an OR.

       AND    Do an AND.

       NEG    Negates the bytes at cursor position.

       ADD and SUB
              Adds or substract 1 from the bytes you want.

       You  could enter the edit mask as a decimal or as hex number, prefixing
       a "0x" to it (like in C).

       If you provided more than one filename at the command line,  you  could
       view or edit any of them easily using the commands: n to go to the next
       file and p to go to the previous file.  You  could  also  press  F7  to
       browse the list of files and select one manually, moving with the arrow


       c-c    Control-C, kills the program. (use it if you are in trouble).

       The keys have different meanings if you are in view or edit mode:

   View mode
       q, F10 Quits the program.

       ?, h, H, F1
              Shows a helpless help.

       w      Toggle read-write/read-only mode.

       b      Toggle bell flag.

       n      Open the next file (if any).

       p      Open the previous file (if any).

       F7     Select another file manually from the file  list  given  at  the
              command line.

       e, F2  Enter edit mode.

       x, F3  Toggle hex window viewing.

       s, F4  Search a string taking care of case. (Prefix a "0x" to enter the
              string in hexadecimal).

       S      Search a string ignoring case.

       SPACE, F5
              Search again.

       r      Redraw the screen, it is needed when other process writes to the
              current  tty  and  the  screen gets corrupted. It is also useful
              when viewing files or devices whose contents change.

       R      Refresh file size, use it if the size of the file changes during
              viewing, by any reason.

       m      Toggle non-printable character mask.

       0      Toggle zero mask.

       g, F6  Seek  to  an  offset  (to  enter  an hexadecimal offset you must
              prefix it with a "0x").

       F8     Shows you the ascii table (as found  in  character  ROM),  shows
              also in hex, octal, decimal and binary.

       F9     Shows GNU GPL (General Public License).

       HOME KEY
              Go to the beginning of the file.

       END KEY
              Go to the end of the file.

       LEFT KEY
              Go back a byte.

       RIGHT KEY
              Go forward a byte.

       UP KEY Go back a line.

       DOWN KEY
              Go forward a line.

       PGUP KEY
              Go back a page.

       PGDN KEY
              Go forward a page.

   Edit mode
       TAB KEY
              Switch beetwen HEX and ASCII editing.

       F2     Save changes (if any).

       F3     Set the edit mask (needed for XOR, OR and AND operations).

       F4     Do a XOR.

       F5     Do an OR.

       F6     Do an AND.

       F7     Negates the byte at cursor position.

       F8     Add 1 to the byte at the cursor position.

       F9     Substract 1.

       F10    Abort changes made.

       HOME KEY
              Go to the beginning of the file.

       END KEY
              Go to the end of the file.

       LEFT KEY
              Move the cursor to the left.

       RIGHT KEY
              Move the cursor to the right.

       UP KEY Move the cursor up.

       DOWN KEY
              Move the cursor down.

       PGUP KEY
              Go back a page.

       PGDN KEY
              Go forward a page.


       As with regular files you can also view or edit devices. Since there is
       no standard way to get the size of a device, each time you  change  the
       read-only  flag, open or refresh the size of a device, vche will pop up
       a menu where you have to select the way the program will get his  size,
       the three available options are:

       Ask kernel
              This  option will use Linux kernel ioctls to get the size of the
              device.  Not all devices provide with such ioctl(2)  calls,  so,
              if  you  select  this  option and the ioctl fails, the file size
              will be set to LONG_MAX, or to 2147483647  if  LONG_MAX  is  not
              defined,  and  an  error message will be issued.  You should use
              this option with IDE, SCSI,  loop  and  with  any  device  which
              support the BLKGETSIZE or FDGETPRM ioctl call.

       Let vche guess it
              If  you select this option, to find the device size, the program
              will lseek(2) to different offsets doing a binary  search  until
              the  lseek  call  fails.  It works with almost any device, it is
              used mainly with RAM, kernel memory or other character  devices,
              but  you could use it with anything if you are in doubt. As with
              the Ask kernel option the device size can not be greater than  a
              signed  long  (LONG_MAX),  because  it  is the maximal value the
              lseek(2) call could handle.

       Enter it manually
              This option will let you enter whatever device  size  you  want,
              once  you  entered  it the device will look as the desired size,
              you can not see or edit beyond that offset. To change the offset
              simply refresh the file size with the R command.


       /build/buildd/vche-1.7.2/debian/vche/etc/vche.conf        Config   file


       vche.conf(5), vcs(4), vcsa(4),  ioctl(2),  lseek(2),  console_codes(4),
       charsets(4), terminfo(5), ncurses(3x).


       None for now, if you find one, mail it to me <>


       VCHE is at version 1.7.2.

       The latest version of VCHE could be found at:


           Diego Javier Grigna <>