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I am following a tutorial on few kernel dev. I encountered an operation where I have to use dd like

dd ... if=PBL.bin of=... count=block_number

The block_number variable is defined to be as

The HEX of ($filesize - 1)/512 + 1

where $filesize is the filesize of the input file PBL.bin as given in the dd command above.

How do I calculate this value? Thanks in advance

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Note that dd also accepts decimal for count= as well. Also please include a link to the tutorial so we can see were this occurs. – Dan D. Feb 5 '14 at 9:11
Make sure that you use signed integer arithmetic with that formula. (-: – JdeBP Feb 5 '14 at 11:31
up vote 2 down vote accepted

What about:

printf "%x" `stat -c "%b" PBL.bin`

printf will print in hex format (%x) the output from stat which requests just the number of blocks allocated (%b) of the file.

If you don't trust the number of blocks allocated as reported by stat then by hand:

printf "%x" $(( (`stat -c "%s" PBL.bin ` - 1) / 512 + 1))

So you get the filesize and then do the maths by hand

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