dd curiosity solution

David J. MacKenzie djm at eng.umd.edu
Tue Jan 2 22:57:55 AEST 1990

In article <398 at zok.UUCP> mark at zok.UUCP (Mark W. Snitily) writes:

   Once again curiosity strikes.  Anyone know what the files=, conv=block,
   or conv=unblock options are?

Assuming they're the same in System V as they are on SunOS 4.0, the
Sun manual has this to say about them:

     files=n	    Copy n input files before terminating  (makes
		    sense only when input is a magtape or similar

	  block	    Convert  variable  length  records	to  fixed
	  unblock   Convert  fixed  length  records  to	 variable

     The block and unblock options cannot be  combined	with  the
     ascii,  ebcdic or ibm.  Invalid combinations silently ignore
     all but the last mutually-exclusive keyword.
David J. MacKenzie <djm at eng.umd.edu>

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