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I print MBR with hexdump and I get the following output:

000001a0  67 60 6f 70 65 72 61 74  69 6e 67 60 73 79 73 74  |g`operating`syst|
000001b0  65 6d 00 40 00 63 7b da  c5 f5 61 68 00 40 00 40  |em.@.c{...ah.@.@|
000001c0  00 40 00 40 00 40 00 40  00 40 00 40 00 40 00 40  |.@.@.@.@.@.@.@.@|
*
000001f0  00 40 00 40 00 40 00 40  00 40 00 40 00 40 55 ea  |.@.@.@.@.@.@.@U.|
00000200

What does the astersik * mean in the output?

  • It's dump and it means same as above. – ott-- Oct 27 '12 at 21:45
  • OK, wonderfull, I was guessing it, but just wanted be sure :) Can you put it as answer? – Rodnower Oct 27 '12 at 21:55
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A line in the hexdump output consisting just a * means same as the line above. This is mentioned in the hexdump's manpage at the -v option (easy to be overlooked).

  • Thanks! That was super important for my parser to take into account! – BuvinJ Jul 21 '16 at 21:03
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    @BuvinJ (or rather anyone else): You can just pass -v to avoid this, so that your parser doesn't need to take it into account. – ShreevatsaR Mar 25 '17 at 3:05

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