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       hexbin - Macintosh file de-binhexer


       hexbin [ - options ] [ files ]


       hexbin  takes  the  text files specified in files (or standard input if none is specified)
       and converts them subject to the options specified.


       In the absence of any options, hexbin takes the specified files and silently converts them
       into  MacBinary  format, giving the output files ".bin" extensions and placing them in the
       current working directory.

       -3     Write files in fork format (.info, .data and .rsrc files.)

       -f     As -3, but empty data and rsrc files are not created.

       -r     Write resource forks only (.rsrc files.)

       -d     Write data forks only (.data files.)

       -u     As -d, but the codes for CR and LF are  interchanged,  the  filename  extension  is

       -U     As -u, but there is no filename extension.

       -a     Write  files  in  AppleShare  format.   This option is only valid if the program is
              compiled with support for some form of AppleShare.  The current directory must be a
              valid AppleShare folder.

       -s     Write extracted files to standard output in MacBinary format.

       -l     List every file extracted (and every directory/folder created etc.)

       -v     Like -l, but more verbose.  When this option is specified all lines skipped because
              they do not belong to the hexified format are listed (implies -l.)

       -i     Do not convert, give information only (implies -l.)

       -c     Do not check whether the hexified lines have equal size.   Normally  the  hexifiers
              gives text files with equal length line size, hexbin uses this in its heuristics to
              determine whether a line must be skipped.  There are however hexified files that do
              not conform to that pattern.  If this option is specified hexbin will in general be
              unable to detect whether a line is garbage or  not,  so  you  have  to  remove  the
              garbage by hand.

       -n name
              Gives  the  Unix  base  file name for the converted files.  For files hexified with
              BinHex 4.0 or compatible hexifiers this flag is not needed; hexbin  will  determine
              the  Unix file name based on the Mac file name.  For files in dl, hex or hcx format
              this parameter may be needed as these formats do  not  include  the  Mac  filename.
              Normally  hexbin will in those cases base the Unix file name on the text file name,
              but that can be overruled with this parameter.

       -V     Gives the patchlevel of the program, and  other  information.   Other  options  are
              ignored and the program quits immediately.

       -H     Give  short  information  about  the  options.   Other  options are ignored and the
              program quits immediately.


       As this is a beta release, there may still be some problems.




       Dik T. Winter, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (

       Parts of the code are based on codes from: ahm (?), Darin Adler, Jim Budler, Dave Johnson,
       Dan LaLiberte, Jeff Meyer, Guido van Rossum.